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Female scientist looking into a microscope
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Research Feature
When COVID-19 restrictions closed research laboratories across the country, it meant Erik Kimble, M.D.’s hematology and oncology training came to a virtual crawl. Not surprisingly, Kimble, who completed medical school in Mexico at the height of the swine flu pandemic, was overwhelmed yet again with uncertainty. He spent months preparing for his...
Correlative light and electron microscopy image of the protein dynamin (magenta) at endocytic structures (grey honeycomb lattice) of a mammalian cell.
Credit: Kem Sochacki, Ph.D. NHLBI, DIR
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Research Feature
Every day researchers across NIH use an array of imaging technologies and equipment to help them make new scientific discoveries. However, over the last 10-15 years, a massive explosion in the use of Cryo-Electron Microscopy (cryo-EM) – a technique that allows the direct imaging of proteins within cells – has revolutionized the way scientists do...
Doctors evaluate older man hospitalized with COVID-19
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Research Feature
For nearly 15 years, the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN) has played a key role in designing and conducting collaborative clinical trials aimed at improving surgical treatments for cardiovascular disease, the nation’s leading cause of death. CTSN’s efforts to learn more about these treatments – valve replacements, bypass procedures,...
A physician talks to a young patient in a medical exam room.
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Research Feature
At St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, a 12-year-old boy waiting in an exam room held a tablet as he scrolled through a trivia game about sickle cell disease (SCD) – an inherited blood disorder that had brought him to the hospital for a regular visit. As he played the game, he won a badge each time he answered a question right. But happily,...
Intra Operative photo of Dr. Singhal M.D.
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Research Feature
Lymphedema is a potentially debilitating condition affecting more than 1 million people in the U.S. each year. Its main symptom is swelling of the arms or legs, but if left untreated, lymphedema can lead to severe discomfort and life-threatening infections. The swelling associated with the disease is caused by a failure of the lymphatic system, a...
Senior Asian woman experiences leg pain while in bed.
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Research Feature
It’s been called the most common disease nobody’s heard of – and also one of the big mysteries in medicine. It’s restless legs syndrome (RLS) , a neurological and sleep disorder that causes discomfort and sometimes pain in the legs, particularly at night. It triggers a constant urge to move the legs that makes falling asleep and staying asleep...
Medical clinic reception, patient waiting in line respecting social distancing using face mask
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Research Feature
When the coronavirus pandemic hit last year, ravaging communities of color harder than any other, researchers knew they needed to find effective treatments and vaccines – and find them fast. Just as urgently, they needed to include people of color in the clinical trials that were testing those vaccines. These, after all, were the people being...
Portrait of young woman wearing a protective mask laying in recliner chair receiving a blood transfusion
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Research Feature
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. And according to the American Red Cross, a single donation can save up to three lives. On June 14, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) in observing World Blood Donor Day. Simone Glynn, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the Blood Epidemiology and...
Man using handheld breathing device for measuring lung function remotely.
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Research Feature
Last year as the COVID-19 pandemic began to intensify, many patients with the debilitating genetic disease, cystic fibrosis, faced a difficult challenge. Because the disease damages the lungs and makes it hard to breathe, these patients needed in-hospital tests to measure how well their lungs were working. But many also were on drugs that reduce...
Katie Goff, who lives with POTS, and her dog Luna
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Research Feature
When Katie Goff was a freshman in college, she began to suffer a myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms – respiratory infections, heartburn, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and relentless nausea. Visits to the doctor didn’t seem to help. At one visit, the doctor told her she had allergies. At another, she was given a prescription for an...