NHLBI-supported researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have identified a group of genes that appear to play a key role in the development of congenital heart disease, the most common type of birth defect. The study, conducted in mice, appears in the journal Nature
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Two treatments yield similar results for children after cardiac arrest
A large-scale, multicenter study has shown that emergency body cooling does not improve survival rates or reduce brain injury in infants and children with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest more than normal temperature control.
Therapeutic hypothermia, or whole body cooling, can improve survival and health outcomes for adults after cardiac arrest and also for newborns with brain injury due to a lack of oxygen at birth. But, until now, this treatment has not been studied in infants or children admitted to hospitals with cardiac arrest.
NIH launches largest clinical trial focused on HIV-related cardiovascular disease
Researchers have begun enrolling participants in a multicenter international clinical trial to test whether statin administration can reduce the risk for major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease, in people with HIV infection. The trial is supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
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NHLBI-supported scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have discovered why some heart tissue turns into bone, and they may have learned how to stop it.