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Illustration of lungs filled with silhouettes of people in shades of blue.
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Research Feature
It’s a fact: More than 16 million Americans are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a chronic lung disease that makes it hard to breathe and worsens over time. An umbrella term for emphysema and chronic bronchitis, COPD is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, but it affects some groups particularly...
This image shows the Sylvee device, a wearable chest patch for monitoring COPD, next to an animation showing how the device is worn on the chest.
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More than 15 million Americans live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung condition that makes it difficult to breathe. But monitoring the often-debilitating condition can be challenging. And when dangerous flare-ups go undetected — something that happens in at least half the cases — the result can be fatal...
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For years, the community of researchers that studies sleep has tried to raise awareness about the growing link between poor sleep and heart disease. Now, after much effort, they can mark progress toward recognizing that all-important connection. For the first time, the American Heart Association has added sleep to the key components it advises...
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The human genome was fully sequenced more than 20 years ago and is powering ways to predict, treat, and prevent cardiovascular disease As researchers study the genetic underpinnings of heart and vascular disease, they are creating new ways to screen, diagnose, and treat patients for a variety of heart conditions. Some are exploring how to better...
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High-dose supplements don’t help the hearts of most adults any more than modest doses do, but researchers say there’s still more to learn about the value of this essential vitamin It’s a workhorse nutrient that strengthens bones, supports immune function, helps the heart, and powers the body in many other ways. But recent findings about vitamin D...
Young woman lies in bed at night while looking at a cell phone.
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You’re ready for bed, so you turn off the lights and pull down the shades. Sure, a little light may stream from the sides of the window, or beam from your alarm clock, or TV modem, or cell phone. No big deal, you say? Think again. It turns out that even tiny amounts of nighttime light—from any source—may be harmful to your heart. One recent study...
A physician reviews a patient's medical records with her in an exam room.
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Researchers are studying how to update and personalize the tools doctors use to predict a patient’s chance of developing cardiovascular disease The annual physical exam is often a routine event for many people. A primary care doctor looks at, among many things, their patient’s blood pressure, cholesterol, and body weight, to help glean the health...
Sickle cell anemia disease (SCD) blood cells 3D illustration
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Research Feature
Activating a protein in red blood cells may improve anemia and alleviate acute episodes of severe pain for people living with sickle cell disease Swee Lay Thein, M.B., D.Sc., a senior investigator and chief of NHLBI’s Sickle Cell Branch, shares insight into a decade-long research journey that may lead to new ways to help people living with sickle...
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Through an adaptive research trial, doctors and patients from 30 U.S. study locations are working together to study if five new medications can help patients with severe asthma by altering the underlying biology of this airway disease. As Erin Routh prepares to walk in winter weather, she does more than put on a jacket, hat, and gloves. The 46-year...
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INTRODUCTION: April P. Carson, Ph.D., was recently named director of the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), the largest and longest running study of cardiovascular disease in African Americans. With this appointment, Dr. Carson becomes the first woman to be named director of the study, which is now in its 22nd year. In addition to holding the title of JHS...