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June 20, 2008 : NIH MedlinePlus
Patrice Desvigne-Nickens M.D., Patrice Desvigne-Nickens M.D.

Could you or a loved one have peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.)? P.A.D. is a problem with blood flow in the arteries—usually the legs.

June 1, 2008 : NIH Research Matters

When smokers kick the habit, chances are they’re in good company. A new study finds that changes in smoking behavior often spread through social networks, with spouses, friends, siblings and co-workers deciding to light up or stub out their cigarettes for good around the same time.

May 11, 2008 : NIH Research Matters

A new study found that being physically active can considerably, but not completely, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease associated with being overweight or obese.

May 4, 2008 : NIH Research Matters

An international study has found that urine can offer an in-depth snapshot of what’s going on inside a person’s body.

April 20, 2008 : NIH Research Matters

Synchronized pulsing of heart muscle cells allows the heart to pump blood through the body. A new study has identified a protein that helps organize the structures that produce the contractions in these cells.

April 20, 2008 : NIH Research Matters

Scientists have identified rare variations in 3 genes that can protect against hypertension and its consequences, such as stroke, kidney disease and heart failure.

April 13, 2008 : NIH Research Matters

A new study links variants in a gene to the risk for developing asthma. The variants affect levels of a protein that can be measured in blood, raising the possibility that asthma risk could one day be measured with a simple blood test.

April 13, 2008 : NIH Research Matters

Lower cholesterol and blood pressure target levels may help adults with type 2 diabetes to prevent or even reverse hardening of their arteries, according to new research.

March 16, 2008 : NIH Research Matters

Losing weight can be a struggle, but keeping it off can feel like a losing battle. Now a large clinical study shows that monthly personal counseling -- usually just 10-15 minutes by phone -- can help people who've lost weight keep much of it off for over 2 years.

February 24, 2008 : NIH Research Matters

A new study has implicated meat, fried food and, surprisingly, diet soda in the development of metabolic syndrome. More research will now be needed to confirm and explain these intriguing findings.

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