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Young girl getting her tonsils checked

May 21, 2013
Tonsil surgery improves some behaviors in children with sleep apnea syndrome
Children with sleep apnea syndrome who have their tonsils and adenoids removed sleep better, are less restless and impulsive, and report a generally better quality of life, finds a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. However, the study found cognitive abilities did not improve compared with children who did not have surgery, and researchers say the findings don’t mean surgery is an automatic first choice.

June 18, 2012 : NIH Research Matters
Cystic fibrosis therapy tested in young children
A treatment that benefits adults and older children with cystic fibrosis may not help infants and young children with the disease, a new study reports. The finding could slow the adoption of this therapy in younger children.

June 11, 2012 : Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases
Members of Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases fund landmark research initiative to reduce impact of hypertension
Today it was announced that four member organizations of The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) will fund research projects on hypertension (high blood pressure) prevention and control in 15 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

May 21, 2012 : University of Wisconsin
Sleep apnea associated with higher mortality from cancer
"These findings provide clues to help further our understanding of the relationship between sleep and health," said Dr. Susan B. Shurin, acting director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. "It will be important to understand the relationship and mechanisms, if the association is confirmed."

Cartoon showing differences between healthy airway and cystic fibrosis airway

May 20, 2012
Concentrated saline therapy not effective in young children with cystic fibrosis
Inhaling concentrated saline (salt water) mist does not reduce how often infants and young children with cystic fibrosis (CF) need antibiotics for respiratory symptoms, according to findings from a clinical trial sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

February 3, 2012 : NIH News in Health
Love your heart: Take steps to reduce heart risks
February is American Heart Month -- a time to reflect on the sobering fact that heart disease remains the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. The good news is you have the power to protect and improve your heart health.

January 25, 2012
Elevated risk factors linked to major cardiovascular disease events across a lifetime
In one of the largest-ever analyses of lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers have found that middle-aged adults who have one or more elevated traditional risk factors for CVD, such as high blood pressure, have a substantially greater chance of having a major CVD event, such as heart attack or stroke, during their remaining lifetime than people with optimal levels of risk factors.

January 24, 2012
Treatment of silent acid reflux does not improve asthma in children, NIH study finds
Adding the acid reflux drug lansoprazole to a standard inhaled steroid treatment for asthma does not improve asthma control in children who have no symptom of acid reflux, according to a new study funded in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

December 10, 2011
Gene therapy helps patients with hemophilia B
An experimental gene therapy technique boosted the production of a vital blood clotting factor in six people with hemophilia B, according to new research supported by the National Institutes of Health.

December 5, 2011 : Hopkins Medicine Magazine
Dr. Shurin goes to Washington
Neil Grauer
"I'm extremely proud of the NHLBI portfolio. We have, among other things, transformed cardiovascular disease in this country," Shurin notes.

November 17, 2011 : Blood
Funding mechanisms and program management at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Confronting new challenges and exploring new opportunities
Susan B. Shurin, M.D., acting director of the NHLBI
Over the past 8 years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget appropriation has lost purchasing power, with erosion of the benefits of the doubling of the budget less than a decade ago. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has been closely managing its funds to protect its core functions.

November 4, 2011 : NIH News in Health
Gene affects response to asthma drugs
Some people with asthma don’t respond well to inhaled corticosteroids, a widely prescribed medicine for asthma control. Scientists have now identified a gene that may help explain why.

September 22, 2011
XMRV and related viruses not confirmed in blood of healthy donors or chronic fatigue syndrome patients
A study supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could not validate or confirm previous research findings that suggested the presence of one of several viruses in blood samples of people living with chronic fatigue syndrome.

September 20, 2011 : The Lancet
Accelerating progress on non-communicable diseases
coauthored by Susan B. Shurin, M.D., acting director of the NHLBI.
In 2008, 36 million people died from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). By 2020, NCDs are projected to cause almost three quarters as many deaths as communicable, maternal, perinatal, and nutritional diseases, and by 2030 to exceed them as the most common causes of death. On Sept 19, 2011, the UN will take an important step towards modification of the future course of NCDs at the High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases.

May 26, 2011
NIH stops clinical trial on combination cholesterol treatment
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has stopped a clinical trial studying a blood lipid treatment 18 months earlier than planned.

May 3, 2011
World Asthma Day: NIH research advances help people with asthma
Today, the National Institutes of Health joins with public health officials, health organizations, and patient groups around the world to recognize World Asthma Day.

February 4, 2011 : NIH News in Health
Tasty, Healthy Family Meals
Nutritious and tasty meals can be easy to prepare for your family. Get some ideas and inspiration from a new NIH cookbook, "Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals."

September 15, 2010
NIH recognizes sickle cell disease awareness month
September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. This year's commemoration takes on added significance: 2010 is the 100th anniversary of the first research paper on sickle cell disease in Western medical literature.

February 18, 2010
NHLBI, CDC Launch Surveillance and Research Program for Inherited Blood Diseases
Medical researchers are developing a new surveillance system to determine the number of patients diagnosed with a family of inherited blood disorders known as hemoglobinopathies, including sickle cell disease, thalassemias, and hemoglobin E disease.

February 2, 2010
Even With Heart Disease Awareness on the Rise, Prevention Remains Critically Important for American Women
In recognition of American Heart Month, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and its heart disease awareness campaign—The Heart Truth— is reminding all American women that heart disease prevention remains critically important, despite that fact that awareness is at an all time high.

December 9, 2009
Blood Stem-Cell Transplant Regimen Reverses Sickle Cell Disease in Adults
A modified blood adult stem-cell transplant regimen has effectively reversed sickle cell disease in 9 of 10 adults who had been severely affected by the disease, according to results of a National Institutes of Health study in the Dec. 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The trial was conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., by NIH researchers at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

December 19, 2008
NHLBI Media Availability: Researchers Find New Genetic Target for Sickle Cell Disease Therapy
Researchers have identified a gene that directly affects the production of a form of hemoglobin that is instrumental in modifying the severity of the inherited blood disorders sickle cell disease and thalassemia. The discovery could lead to breakthrough therapies for these diseases.

March 10, 2008
NHLBI Announcement: Institute to Realign its Sickle Cell Disease Research Program
The NHLBI Advisory Council (NHLBAC) recently conducted an extensive review of the Institute's National Sickle Cell Disease Program and, based on that review, the NHLBI is announcing today a series of innovations in the program and a realignment of the sickle cell disease research effort.

February 27, 2008
Panel finds hydroxyurea treatment is underutilized for sickle cell disease
An independent panel convened this week by the NIH concluded that the use of hydroxyurea for sickle cell patients should be increased in adolescents and adults. Hydroxyurea was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in adults with sickle cell anemia in 1998, but provider and patient concerns have hindered its use, depriving many patients of its proven benefits.

December 16, 2003
Young Adult Fitness Protects Heart Health in Middle Age
Cardiorespiratory fitness in early adulthood significantly decreases the chance of developing high blood pressure and diabetes -- both major risk factors for heart disease and stroke -- in middle age, according to a new study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

November 11, 2003
Public Access Defibrillation by Trained Community Volunteers Increases Survival for Victims of Cardiac Arrest
The number of survivors of sudden cardiac arrest markedly increased when the victims were helped by community volunteers trained to perform not only CPR but also to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), a device that shocks an ineffectively beating heart back into normal rhythm, according to the results of a large multi-center study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in collaboration with the American Heart Association.

November 25, 1998
Statement from Claude Lenfant, M.D., NHLBI Director, On Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation
Although it is a relatively new therapy, bone marrow transplantation has become a routine treatment for patients with a variety of genetic disorders and blood diseases.

October 19, 1998
Women's Health Study Reaches Recruitment Goal
Do hormones prevent heart disease? Will a low-fat diet protect you from cancers of the breast and colon? Can vitamin D prevent the bone fractures of osteoporosis? These questions face 37.5 million women in the country. Now, more than 160,000 of them have decided to be part of the answer.

October 13, 1998
Stop Heart Disease Before It Stops You
More American women die from heart disease than anything else. This year it will kill 370,000 women. Another 93,000 will die from stroke. But it doesn't have to happen to you. According to an updated handbook from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), women can take steps to prevent heart disease.

October 5, 1998
New Spanish-English Brochure on Controlling High Blood Pressure
The Alliance for Aging Research and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announce a new Spanish-English brochure on high blood pressure.

September 28, 1998
Bypass Surgery and Angioplasty Equally Safe for Women and Men, Finds New Study
In surprising contrast to previous research, new findings from a major clinical trial supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reveal that women undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) or balloon angioplasty procedures to improve blood flow to the heart survive just as well as men.

September 11, 1998
NHLBI Announces New Cholesterol Web Site for Heart Disease Patients
"Live Healthier, Live Longer," a new interactive web site that takes the guess-work out of lowering cholesterol for people with heart disease, was launched September 1, 1998 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as a part of National Cholesterol Education Month. The purpose of the web site is to provide accurate, personally relevant information to help people with coronary heart disease (CHD) lower their LDL ("bad") cholesterol to the goal level of 100 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter).

August 17, 1998
Statement on Sodium Intake and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 50 million Americans--one in four adults. It is the leading cause of stroke and contributes to heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure. Some Americans, such as older Americans and African Americans, are at a particularly high risk from high blood pressure.

June 17, 1998
First Federal Obesity Clinical Guidelines Released
The first Federal guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults were released today by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in cooperation with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

June 3, 1998
Statement on First Federal Obesity Clinical Guidelines
The first Federal guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults are scheduled to be released on June 17 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in cooperation with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

November 6, 1997
New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Released by the NHLBI
New physician guidelines for the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure were released today by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The guidelines, approved by the Coordinating Committee of the NHLBI's National High Blood Pressure Education Program, contain updated treatment strategies, including a system of stratifying patients into risk groups and the idea of compelling indications for certain antihypertensive medications.

October 14, 1997
Calcium Channel Blockers and Breast Cancer Risk
A new analysis linking some calcium channel blockers to an increased risk of breast cancer in older women appears in the October 15 issue of the journal Cancer.

September 18, 1997
New Treatment Prevents Strokes In Children With Sickle Cell Anemia
A treatment that prevents strokes in children with sickle cell anemia was announced today by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

September 16, 1997
NHLBI to Announce Sickle Cell Clinical Alert at Press Conference
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will hold a press conference on Thursday, September 18, 1997, at 10:00 a.m. to announce the results of an important clinical trial involving the prevention of strokes in children with sickle cell anemia.

July 15, 1997
Hypertension Therapy Prevents Heart Failure Among Elderly
Treatment with a low-dose diuretic cuts by half the chance that an older person with high systolic blood pressure will develop heart failure, according to results from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial. Those who had already had a heart attack experienced an even greater benefit--their chance of developing heart failure dropped by 80 percent.

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