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Researchers look for biomarkers and genes to speed diagnosis, improve treatment Mounting scientific evidence about the health dangers of sleep apnea—a common disorder which causes people to stop breathing during sleep—is spurring new and important studies that could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment. Researchers funded by the National, Heart...
A team of researchers at the National Institutes of Health, including NHLBI’s John Tisdale, M.D., are working to open the door to a therapy that does what no other has done: reverse sickle cell disease in much larger numbers of patients.
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For many people living with sickle cell disease, the latest news coming from the fronts of research may be cause for serious hope. Just last year, scientists announced that an experimental gene therapy procedure appears to have eliminated the disease in a French teenager. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meanwhile, recently approved the firs...
Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, COPD Foundation and Dr. MeiLan Han, Women's Respiratory Health Program at the University of Michigan.
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Patients, doctors and researchers lock hands and embrace the COPD National Action Plan. It started as an ordinary press conference—a scientist, a doctor, an advocate, a patient, sitting around a table in the good spirit of enthusiasts breaking new ground. They were about to announce the release of the first National Action Plan to fight chronic obs...
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Pair of studies show harmful changes to arteries, point way to possible treatment For years, researchers have been studying the surprising link between psoriasis—an inflammatory skin disease—and an increased risk for heart disease. Now, a pair of recent studies funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) offer new insights into...
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Researchers who study cardiovascular health have long known that exercise is one way to keep high blood pressure at bay. But studies confirming this protective effect have mainly focused on white patients, leaving it unclear whether African Americans, the most vulnerable of all populations, have stood to gain in similar ways. In a new study, resear...
In diffusion imaging, the scanner detects movement of water inside neural fibers to reveal their locations. Researchers hope to use the same technique to examine connections in teens with mental illness.
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For years, scientists have known about the relationship between depression and heart disease. At least a quarter of cardiac patients suffer with depression, and adults with depression often develop heart disease. What researchers now want to know is “why.” So far, they have unearthed a treasure trove of important clues, but a definitive explanation...
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MRI image of the blood vessels of the brain. Courtesy of Dr. Kejal Kantarci from the Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic. Exercise does the brain a world of good. But, how? Answer that question and you might crack the code for the treatment and, most importantly, prevention of vascular dementia. It is the second most common form of dementia afte...
NHLBI staff members pose with Chi Eta Phi leadership.
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Heart Month outreach saw more than 1,000 blood pressure screenings at churches Priscilla Murphy remembers well those days back in 2005 when her professional nursing sorority first teamed up with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to spread the word about heart disease and women. The idea was use the medical skill and reach of Chi...
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Randomized Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV (REPRIEVE) needs volunteers. Learn more at http://www.reprievetrial.org. Not so long ago, living longer was its own reward for people with HIV. Antiretroviral therapy extended lives, gave hope, and silenced what for many had felt like a ticking clock. But for the 1.2 million HIV-positive people in...
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A young woman undergoes a test to detect signs of Marfan syndrome. Credit: Tim Joyce and The Marfan Foundation. For years, people familiar with the rare condition known as Marfan syndrome viewed it as an untreatable disease that too often resulted in early death, mainly from heart problems. The genetic disorder, which acts on the body’s connective...