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April 18, 2017

Researchers discover mitochondrial “circuit breaker” that protects heart from damage

A team of scientists from the National Institutes of Health has discovered biological mechanisms that appear to prevent damage to the heart muscle’s “power grid,” the network of mitochondrial circuits that provide energy to cells. One of those mechanisms, the researchers found, acts much like a circuit breaker, allowing energy to continue moving throughout the heart muscle cells even when individual components of those cells—the mitochondria—have been damaged.

April 6, 2017

NHLBI Stem Cell Consortium Provides New Insights into Genetics of Heart Disease, Other Conditions

WHAT:  A group of NIH-funded scientists has published the first studies using the largest, most diverse stem cell collection of its kind ever made available to researchers. The results provide fresh insights into the genetic underpinnings of common conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sickle cell disease, which take a heavy toll on American lives and resources.

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April 11, 2017 : JAMA

Researchers funded through the NHLBI’s Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study found that midlife risk factors for vascular disease, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking, were linked, later in life, with higher levels of brain amyloid, the protein fragments associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The study was published in JAMA.

Reuters: Risk factors for heart disease and stroke also tied to Alzheimer’s

Medical News Today: Link between vascular disease and Alzheimer's strengthened

Medpage Today: Midlife Vascular Risk Factors Tied to Brain Amyloid

EurekAlert: Findings support role of vascular disease in development of Alzheimer's disease

April 7, 2017 : JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication showing the blood pressure–lowering effects of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. A commentary in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association discusses the importance of the diet and the benefits that wider adoption will have for public health. In January, for the seventh year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked the NIH-developed DASH Diet “best overall” diet.

Washington Post: The DASH diet is proven to work. Why hasn’t it caught on?

Washingtonian Magazine: America’s Number One Ranked Healthy Diet Has Nothing to Do with Losing Weight

CBN News: How the DASH Diet Can Spare You from 'The Silent Killer'

India Times: Looking For That One Diet Which Can Keep You Healthy For Life? Look No Further Than The DASH Diet