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News Release
Variability in sleep duration and timing may represent new and independent heart disease risk factor Older adults with irregular sleep patterns—meaning they have no regular bedtime and wakeup schedule, or they get different amounts of sleep each night—are nearly twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease as those with more regular sleep...
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Fresh red blood cell transfusions do not help critically ill children more than older cells NIH-funded finding may alter policies at hospitals where fresh red cells are preferentially used Researchers have found that transfusions using fresh red blood cells—cells that have spent seven days or less in storage—are no more beneficial than older red...
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Research Features
Chris Camp recalls the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, when being diagnosed as HIV positive was considered a virtual death sentence. Doctors had no medications that could really help. People with the disease often did not survive more than a year or two. Camp, now 63, says he personally lost more than 500 friends. Among them: his first husband...
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Results from NIH-funded trial could extend patients’ well-being Woman wearing a mask and doing a fitness test. Teenagers born with a single working ventricle of the heart—a rare defect that cannot be completely corrected—showed a significant improvement in their ability to sustain moderate exercise after treatment with udenafil, a drug that helps...
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Media Advisory
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced today that Adolfo Correa, M.D., Ph.D., director and principal investigator of the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), has decided to retire and step down from his leadership of the study in December 2020. Recruited to be the study’s Chief Science...
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News Release
Researchers have identified 57 genetic variations of a gene strongly associated with declines in blood oxygen levels during sleep. Low oxygen levels during sleep are a clinical indicator of the severity of sleep apnea, a disorder that increases the risk of heart disease, dementia, and death. The study, published today in the American Journal of...
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'Forward-oriented’ design might boost treatment effectiveness and broaden use Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a new and improved viral vector—a virus-based vehicle that delivers therapeutic genes—for use in gene therapy for sickle cell disease. In advanced lab tests using animal models, the new vector was up to...
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News Release
The move away from high-field MRI offers promising results for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases National Institutes of Health researchers, along with researchers at Siemens, have developed a high-performance, low magnetic-field MRI system that vastly improves image quality of the lungs and other internal structures of the human body. The new...