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March 7, 2017

Media Availability: High number of deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes linked to diet

Nearly half of all deaths in the United States in 2012 that were caused by cardiometabolic diseases, including heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, have been linked to substandard eating habits, according to a study published in the March 7 issue of JAMA and funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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March 20, 2017 : International Business Times

Scientists partly funded by NHLBI identified two proteins in cancer cells that make them resistant to chemotherapy. They discovered that blocking those proteins during therapy eliminated human leukemia in mice. According to the authors of the study, published in Nature Medicine, this molecular mechanism is present in almost all cancers driven by enzymes known as tyrosine kinases, such as lung, breast, colon and brain tumors. “We anticipate that this study opens a new avenue to develop curative therapy not only for leukemia but solid tumors, as well,” said lead investigator Mohammad Azam, Ph.D.

March 17, 2017 : Medscape

Researchers funded by NHLBI found that noninvasive CT and stress tests can help predict heart attacks without the complications associated with more invasive procedures. "The traditional approach with invasive catheterization requires that patients go to the hospital, get a catheter inserted into their leg and go in for the nuclear SPECT study on a different day," said NHLBI researcher and coauthor Marcus Chen, M.D. The findings appear in Radiology.