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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.

January 4, 2017

DASH ranked Best Diet Overall for seventh year in a row

For the seventh year in a row, U.S. News and World Report ranked the NIH-developed DASH Diet “best overall” diet. With its focus on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins, the diet also ranked as the best for diabetes and healthy eating, and tied as the best for heart disease prevention.

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January 10, 2017 : The American Journal of Managed Care

Researchers are reporting development of a new method that could improve the safety and efficacy of bone marrow transplants used for treating advanced blood cancers.  In the new study using mouse models of lymphoma (a type of blood cancer),  the researchers genetically engineered immune cells (T cells) from a donor in a way that made the cells less likely to cause graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). GVHD is a potentially deadly complication in which donor white blood cells attack healthy tissues in the recipient. The study, published in Nature Medicine, was partly funded by NHLBI.

January 9, 2017 : Daily Mail

Most parents would be surprised to learn how much their exercise habits are followed by their young children. Literally followed. That was a key finding of an NHLBI-funded study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers found a direct correlation between the physical activity of parents and their preschool-age children in underserved populations. Read the release.