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September 16, 1997

NHLBI to Announce Sickle Cell Clinical Alert at Press Conference

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will hold a press conference on Thursday, September 18, 1997, at 10:00 a.m. to announce the results of an important clinical trial involving the prevention of strokes in children with sickle cell anemia.

July 15, 1997

Hypertension Therapy Prevents Heart Failure Among Elderly

Treatment with a low-dose diuretic cuts by half the chance that an older person with high systolic blood pressure will develop heart failure, according to results from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial. Those who had already had a heart attack experienced an even greater benefit--their chance of developing heart failure dropped by 80 percent.

June 1, 1997

NHLBI Researchers Reverse Emphysema in Lab Animals

Scientists supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) have shown, for the first time, that retinoic acid, a derivative of Vitamin A, reverses emphysema in the lungs of laboratory rats.

April 16, 1997

Dietary Approach Significantly Lowers Blood Pressure

A diet low in fat and high in vegetables, fruits, and low fat dairy foods significantly and quickly lowers blood pressure, according to a nationwide trial supported by the National Institutes of Health.

April 14, 1997

NHLBI Stops Arrhythmia Study -- Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators Reduce Deaths

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has stopped a clinical trial comparing two treatment strategies for patients with life-threatening heart arrhythmias: an implantable cardiac defibrillator versus antiarrhythmic drug treatment. The Institute's action was prompted by a significant reduction in deaths in the group of patients whose arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) was treated with a defibrillator.

February 26, 1997

High Bone Mass Associated with Breast Cancer Risk

Women with the highest bone mass are at a much greater risk of postmenopausal breast cancer than those with lower bone mass, according to the results of a long-term epidemiological study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study's results are published in the February 27, 1997, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

February 24, 1997

Updated Asthma Guidelines Released

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) today released the Report of the Second Expert Panel on the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. The report, based on a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence accumulated during the past 6 years, updates the first asthma clinical practice guidelines released in 1991.

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