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Researchers have discovered that genetic variations in the anatomy of the lungs could serve as indicators to help identify people who have low, but stable, lung function early in life, and those who are particularly at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) because of a smoke-induced decline in lung function. The results of the study...
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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded four grants to improve outcomes for children in communities with especially high rates of childhood asthma. These grants—for Philadelphia, PA; Richmond, VA; the greater Providence, RI area; and in three agencies on the Navajo Nation r...
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By tagging bone marrow cells of mice with a genetic label, or barcode, researchers were able to track and describe the family tree of individual blood cells as they form in their natural environment. The scientists discovered that these cells regenerate differently than their counterparts do after a blood cell transplant, according to a study publi...
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Diet helps people prevent and treat high blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report ranked the National Institutes of Health-developed DASH Diet “best overall” diet among nearly 40 it reviewed. The announcement came just as new research suggests that combining DASH, or Dietary Approaches to S...
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NIH-supported study could lead to better approaches for treating insomnia, other sleep disorders Scientists have identified differences in a group of genes they say might help explain why some people need a lot more sleep—and others less—than most. The study, conducted using fruit fly populations bred to model natural variations in human sleep patt...
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September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are available to discuss recent research advances and directions in sickle cell disease, a devastating genetic disease. Among the researchers available to speak to reporters is Dr. John Tisdale, whose work on stem cell transplant...
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WHAT: June 12-18 is National Men’s Health Week and experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are available to discuss research findings related to some of the more serious medical challenges that disproportionately affect men—sleep apnea, excess belly fat, and high blood pressure. All are linked to an increased risk for hea...
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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), along with federal and non-federal partners, today released the first-ever COPD National Action Plan, a detailed, patient-centered roadmap for addressing one of the most urgent health concerns facing Americans. The plan was released at the American Thoracic Society International Conference meet...
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Living in racially segregated neighborhoods is associated with a rise in the blood pressure of black adults, while moving away from segregated areas is associated with a decrease —and significant enough to lead to reductions in heart attacks and strokes, a National Institutes of Health-funded study has found. The findings, reported in the May issue...
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WHAT: May 14-20 is National Women’s Health Week, and experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are available to discuss current research focused on understanding how sex and gender differences influence health and disease. This research is providing valuable insights into ways to reduce disease in women, even as it helps pa...