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January 9, 2017

NIH to release findings on impact of parent physical activity, sedentary behavior on their preschool children

Young children do follow in their parents’ footsteps. Literally.

That’s the conclusion of NIH-funded researchers who found that in underserved populations, parents’ physical activity—and their sedentary behavior—directly correlates with the activity level of their preschoolers. Researchers say these findings, published January 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, could lead to interventions that focus more on helping parents model—not just encourage—an active lifestyle for their children.

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February 20, 2017 : Nature Cell Biology

Researchers partly funded by NHLBI discovered a new Twist in regeneration and muscle growth in adult mice. The Twist2 is a muscle progenitor cell and is different from the satellite cells once thought the sole contributors to muscle regeneration. The findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, were based in studies of mice. 

February 17, 2017 : Journal of Human Hypertension

NHLBI-funded researchers found that current formulas significantly underestimate the amount of salt and potassium that Latinos consume. The findings, published in Nature Journal of Human Hypertension, refer to the self-report measures used in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, the largest cohort of Hispanics in the United States.