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3D Illustration of lungs with a person's arm reaching out. Stock photo.
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Research Features
More than 30,000 people in the United States live with cystic fibrosis , a life-threatening genetic disorder that causes serious damage to the lungs and digestive system. Though it affects people of all racial and ethnic groups, the disease is most common among Caucasians. And while the median age of people who have it is 42, advances in the treatm...
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NHLBI in the Press
Dementia is the leading cause of dependence and disability in the elderly population worldwide. But currently there is no effective medication to treat dementia. Identifying lifestyle-related risk factors, including some that are modifiable, may provide important strategies for preventing dementia.
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NHLBI in the Press
Clare M. Waterman, Ph.D., NIH distinguished investigator and director of the NHLBI Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the highest honor for American scholars in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in ori
Set of asthma inhaler, accuhaler and anti-allergy pills for treatment asthma. Asthma controller, reliever equipment on dark background. Bronchodilator and steroids drug for severe asthma
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Research Features
Here’s a sobering thought: Nearly half of Americans with severe asthma do not respond to conventional drugs, leaving them with few ways to minimize the often-debilitating symptoms of the chronic disease. But researchers at NHLBI have developed a new treatment that has the potential to dramatically change that: A synthetic peptide that mimics the wo...
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Media Availability
WHAT: Hypertension—a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States—will take centerstage during Hypertension Awareness Month in May and World Hypertension Day on Thursday, May 17. Experts at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), where hypertension research has long been a top priority, are ava...