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mother hugging down who has down syndrome
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Studies target heart, lung, and sleep disorders associated with condition Each year, about 5,300 babies are born in the United States with Down syndrome, a genetic disease that is associated with intellectual and physical challenges. People with the condition have a high risk of heart defects, pulmonary hypertension, sleep apnea, gastrointestinal...
Group of Native American's hula dancing
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Brandie Taylor is watching her teenage son, Hunter Banegas, grow into a man. She is proud of his talent and his embrace of Kumeyaay Bird Singing, which is performed at traditional gatherings of their tribe, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, near San Diego, Calif. But 13 years ago, a future filled with song—a future with Hunter—seemed doubtful. When...
About 1 in every 16,300 Hispanic babies is born with sickle cell disease
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En el 2000, Mercy Mendoza, a los 3 años, languidecía con una enfermedad misteriosa. Su abuela, desesperanzada, compró un sitio donde enterrarla en el pueblito de Honduras donde vivían. La hinchazón, el dolor y la inmovilidad estaban erosionando rápidamente su salud. Finalmente, un médico que había estudiado en los Estados Unidos reconoció su...
About 1 in every 16,300 Hispanic babies is born with sickle cell disease.
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In 2000, a mysterious disease was making 3-year-old Mercy Mendoza so ill that her grandmother bought a burial plot for her in the little town in Honduras where they lived. Swelling, pain, and immobility were fast eroding her health. Finally, a doctor who had been trained in the United States recognized her condition: It was sickle cell disease, an...
Pregnant woman at doctor's office having pressure measured.
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If a woman is pregnant and chronic high blood pressure is seriously high, doctors typically don’t debate what to do. They treat it—and fas t—mainly to minimize the risk for strokes and other potentially deadly cardiovascular events. But what if the woman’s chronic high blood pressure is considered, well, mild—say, less than 160/105 mm Hg? As it...
pregnant woman sleeping
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Poor sleep may seem like a normal fallout of pregnancy, but research shows it can be a pernicious problem, with long-term ill effects on a woman’s cardiovascular health. Pregnant women who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing, particularly sleep apnea, are at higher risk for both gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, the...
Microscope view of the lungs
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Might pave the way for new and improved treatments for a wide variety of respiratory diseases Maps may be great tools for helping you find your way around unfamiliar places, but in the future, a new type of map well might help save your life. Welcome to the Molecular Atlas of Lung Development Program, or LungMAP, a historic effort to help...
Photograph of Jennelle Stephenson work with a nurse at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
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When CBS’s 60 Minutes aired the compelling story of a Florida woman whose severe sickle cell disease symptoms were alleviated with a cutting edge gene therapy technique, people listened. A lot of them. The treatment happened at the National Institutes of Health, and since the showcasing of its dramatic success, NIH has been responding to scores of...
3D models of infant hearts
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Advances in Congenital Heart Disease Research Are Helping Kids Thrive In 1949 when the National Heart Institute—not yet the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—began awarding research grants in pediatric cardiovascular disease, among the first was to a surgeon named Alfred Blalock, M.D. With his colleagues at Johns Hopkins University—Helen...