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Virus triggering blood clots to form in the blood system
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Research Feature
Peter Libby, M.D., never imagined nearly 40 years ago that his research would contribute to the current understanding of how the novel coronavirus targets and ravages the blood vessels in people with COVID-19. In the 1980s, Libby, then an assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, was the first to discover that arterial...
Illustration shows silhouette of human head revealing outline of the blood-brain barrier that covers and protects the brain.
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Research Feature
Could bring improved diagnostics and treatments for dementia, stroke, brain trauma, and more The blood-brain barrier has been called one of neurology’s greatest challenges. The thin, selectively permeable membrane acts almost like plastic wrap, protecting the brain tissue from dangerous pathogens and toxins in the blood. In short, it maintains the...
Dry flaky skin on a man’s hands with the skin disease psoriasis
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Research Feature
Not so long ago, when doctors saw a patient with the inflammatory skin condition psoriasis, their first line of attack was to address the signs they could see—red, itchy, scaly patches, mostly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp. But research over the last several years is forcing a rethinking of the very nature of this common disease. Rather...
Nurse draws patient's blood while holding a tube of blood previously drawn for testing
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News Release
The National Institutes of Health has launched two of three adaptive Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed with COVID-19. Part of the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) initiative, these trials will be conducted at more than 100...
Close-up of doctor measuring patients blood pressure with stethoscope
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News Release
The trend could threaten decades of public health work against heart disease After nearly 15 years on an upward trend, awareness among Americans about high blood pressure and how to control and treat it is now on the decline, according to a new study. Even with the help of blood pressure medications, some groups, including older adults, are less...
African American nurse speaking with an african american patient in a wheelchair.
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News Release
Smoking cessation could be a path to fewer strokes, researchers say African Americans who smoke are nearly 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke than those who never smoked, while former smokers show a similarly lower risk as never smokers, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The findings from the Jackson Heart...