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February 20, 1997

Updated Asthma Guidelines to be Released at Press Conference

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will hold a press conference on Monday, February 24, at 10:00 a.m. in San Francisco to release the Report of the Second Expert Panel on the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. The report is being released as part of an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) meeting.

February 19, 1997

Digitalis Reduces Hospitalization for Heart Failure

Digitalis, one of the most commonly used heart drugs, has no effect on survival of heart failure patients, according to a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-supported clinical trial. However, the trial found that the drug, also called digoxin, eases symptoms for those with heart failure, helping to keep them out of the hospital.

January 27, 1997

Landmark Study Shows Heart Disease Prevention Must Start Early

Risk factors for heart disease affect the development of atherosclerosis early in life, even before age 20, according to new results from a large landmark study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Heart disease, the leading killer of Americans, usually results in death or disability after age 50.

January 15, 1997

Aggressive Cholesterol Lowering Reduces Atherosclerosis Progression in Bypass Grafts

Aggressive lowering of LDL-cholesterol (to under 100 mg/dL) in patients who have had coronary artery bypass surgery results in less progression of atherosclerosis in their bypass grafts than does more moderate lowering, according to the results of a large clinical trial funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The study was reported in the January 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

December 20, 1996

NHLBI/HCFA Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Study Participants Announced

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) today announced the selection of the 18 medical centers and the data coordinating center that will conduct the first multi-center clinical trial of lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS).

November 13, 1996

Studies Show Lifestyle Changes Benefit Blood Pressure

Findings from two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported studies show that lifestyle changes, such as modifying one's diet and losing weight, substantially reduce blood pressure in adults and can keep older patients off antihypertensive medication.

October 3, 1996

NHLBI Cord Blood Transplantation Study Begins

The first multicenter study of umbilical cord blood transplants from unrelated, newborn donors was announced today by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

September 18, 1996

NHLBI Study Shows Beta-Agonists Safe and Effective for People

Ending a 5-year debate about the appropriate use of inhaled beta-agonists in treating asthma, researchers in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) Asthma Clinical Research Network (ACRN) have shown that for people with mild asthma, taking an inhaled beta-agonist at regularly scheduled times is safe but provides no greater benefit than taking the medication only when asthma symptoms occur.

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