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April 6, 2017

NHLBI researchers available to discuss recent findings and ongoing research addressing health disparities

Media Availability: NHLBI researchers available to discuss recent findings and ongoing research addressing health disparities

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2017

WHAT: April is National Minority Health Month and experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are available to discuss recent findings and ongoing research projects about health conditions and social determinants that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities and low income populations.

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.

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.

December 28, 2016

Fenofibrate may reduce heart disease risk in some patients with type 2 diabetes

WHAT: A new study shows that the drug fenofibrate might reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes who have high levels of triglycerides and low levels of “good” cholesterol, despite being treated with statins. The study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), appears in the December 28 issue of JAMA Cardiology.

December 13, 2016

Researchers identify biochemical mechanism behind a rare, painful genetic disease

A team of researchers at the National Institutes of Health has uncovered a possible biochemical mechanism behind a rare, painful genetic disorder called ACDC disease, which causes calcium buildup in the arteries. The finding could lead to the first effective treatment for the potentially debilitating condition and might provide insight into other vascular diseases, including atherosclerosis, the researchers say. The study is in the Dec. 13 issue of Science Signaling.

December 5, 2016

NIH researchers identify new genetic links to body fat distribution

WHAT: Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have identified seven new areas of the genome linked to body fat distribution—a finding that could offer new insights into the biologic mechanisms that influence a person’s risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

November 18, 2016

NIH researchers uncover how protein helps body ward off bacterial skin infections

A protein known to promote allergic diseases in people helps the body defend against Staphylococcus aureus, a leading cause of bacterial skin infections in the United States, according to a study appearing in the November 18 issue of Science Immunology.

The study authors from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) say the finding offers insights that could be used to help improve treatments for staph-related infections, including the potentially deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA.

November 15, 2016

New biomarkers may lead to first reliable blood test for detecting alcohol misuse

A team of researchers led by NIH scientists from the Framingham Heart Study says it has identified a group of new chemical markers in the blood that could provide the basis for the first reliable blood test to detect heavy alcohol use. In addition to screening ordinary citizens for signs of alcohol misuse, such a diagnostic test could be used to screen airline pilots, bus drivers, train conductors, and others whose jobs directly affect the public safety. These biomarkers could also help shed light on the molecular basis of alcohol addiction, identify patients at high risk for alcoholism, and lead to new strategies for treating the disease, the researchers say. The study, the largest of its kind to evaluate blood markers for alcohol misuse, will appear in Molecular Psychiatry on November 15.

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