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March 7, 2017

Media Availability: High number of deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes linked to diet

Nearly half of all deaths in the United States in 2012 that were caused by cardiometabolic diseases, including heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, have been linked to substandard eating habits, according to a study published in the March 7 issue of JAMA and funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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March 27, 2017 : Washington Post

We knew spinach was good for you, but researchers partly funded by NHLBI have taken the power vegetable up a couple of notches. Organ regeneration has faced a major obstacle: establishing a vascular system that delivers blood to the developing tissue. In a study published in Biomaterials, scientists described how they solved that problem using spinach leaves to build functioning heart tissue. 

March 22, 2017 : San Diego Tribune

Researchers funded by NHLBI have discovered a new role for the lungs: making blood. The study, published in Nature, describes how cells in the lungs of mice produce most blood platelets and can replenish blood-making cells in bone marrow. The research team “disrupted some traditional ideas about the pulmonary role in platelet-related hematopoiesis, paving the way for further scientific exploration of this integrated biology,” said Traci Mondoro, NHLBI project officer.