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August 28, 2017

Media Availability: NHLBI scientists available to discuss research advances during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month in September

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are available to discuss recent research advances and directions in sickle cell disease, a devastating genetic disease. Among the researchers available to speak to reporters is Dr. John Tisdale, whose work on stem cell transplantation was prominently featured in the Discovery documentary First in Human, which aired in August.

June 12, 2017

During Men’s Health Week, NHLBI scientists available to discuss research on men’s health

June 12-18 is National Men’s Health Week and experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are available to discuss research findings related to some of the more serious medical challenges that disproportionately affect men—sleep apnea, excess belly fat, and high blood pressure. All are linked to an increased risk for heart disease. The good news is that men can take steps now to prevent these problems or detect and treat them early enough to act against heart disease.

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October 23, 2017 : Circulation

Black Americans have a shorter life expectancy than whites due in part to higher rates of heart disease and stroke, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA).  While heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans, heart disease develops earlier and deaths from heart disease are higher in blacks, due in part to risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.  Citing health data from several NHLBI-funded studies—including  MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis)—the statement highlights the need for educating black children and young adults about the importance of healthy lifestyles. It appears in the AHA journal Circulation.

Reuters: Heart health disparities take toll on African-Americans
U.S. News & World Report: Heart Disease, Stroke Cutting Black Lives Short
Medical Xpress: African Americans live shorter lives due to heart disease and stroke
WebMD: Heart Disease, Stroke Cutting Black Lives Short
Healio: AHA: Heart disease, stroke shorten life expectancy of black Americans

October 17, 2017 : American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Researchers are reporting that community programs and policies with comprehensive programs to prevent child obesity are more effective than those that target fewer exercise and nutrition behaviors. The study included 130 U.S. communities and health data collected on more than 5,000 children between 2013 and 2015. Results showed that programs and policies that promoted a greater number of exercise and nutrition behaviors were associated with lower measures of child obesity, including BMI (a measure of body fat) and waist circumference.  The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was partly funded by NHLBI.


October 25, 2017 to October 26, 2017
This conference will bring together leading experts in the field to discuss cutting-edge research in five key areas of systems biology: single-cell epigenomics, imaging-based systems biology, quantitative and integrative proteomics, systems biology of metabolism and large-scale data integration.
October 26, 2017 to October 27, 2017
Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Jamaica West Indies
The 11th annual SCiF conference will be co-hosted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and The University of West Indies.