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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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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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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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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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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...
Katie Goff, who lives with POTS, and her dog Luna
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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...
Black mother leaning in close to her son’s face, while he looks up at her.
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When Joia Crear-Perry, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist, found “African American descent” listed by cardiovascular experts as a risk factor for postpartum heart disease, she realized even advocates like her were doing something wrong, and that the media was amplifying the error. With the U.S. maternal health crisis gripping public attention –...
Doctor listens to baby’s heartbeat with stethoscope while examining pregnant woman.
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Sleep apnea, obesity, race among the risk factors for pregnancy-related complications During the last few decades, maternal deaths — long considered a critical marker of the health of a nation — have been declining in much of the world. But in the United States, the maternal death rate has increased an estimated 58% since 1990. The increase has...
3D-rendering of man’s chest showing a heart with evidence of heart disease.
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For decades, the NHLBI has aggressively studied heart failure – a chronic, debilitating condition that develops when the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Heart failure affects more than 6.5 million adults in the United States alone and continues to be a growing public health threat, largely because of an aging population and...
3D rendering of the coronavirus heart damage process.  CREDIT: Shutterstock
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In the early months of the pandemic, alarms sounded after doctors noticed that people with heart disease were faring a lot worse than others who had contracted COVID-19. Almost a year later, researchers are still pondering why these patients get sicker and die at higher rates. But they’re now puzzling over an arguably bigger mystery: why some who...