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NIH-funded study highlights high-occupancy hospitals A new study has found that hospital emergency room closures can adversely affect health outcomes for heart attack patients at neighboring hospitals that are near or at full capacity. Conversely, when a new emergency department opens, health outcomes for patients at those so-called “bystander”...
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Findings might explain why some people who never smoked develop lung disease Long-term exposure to air pollution was linked to increases in emphysema between 2000 and 2018, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), both part of the...
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­­­ NIH-funded imaging study shows link between blood pressure and white matter lesions Scanning for White Matter Lesions NIH funded study found link between blood pressure and white matter lesions. Arrows highlight examples of lesions seen on magnetic resonance imaging brain scans. Courtesy of SPRINT MIND Investigators. In a nationwide study,...
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Novel imaging biomarker could track interventions on coronary artery disease Researchers have found that anti-inflammatory biologic therapies used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis can significantly reduce coronary inflammation in patients with the chronic skin condition. Scientists said the findings are particularly notable because of the use...
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A new study provides evidence to support a simple measurement for diagnosing clinically significant airflow obstruction, the key characteristic of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The study found that a 70% ratio of two indicators of lung function proved as or more accurate than...
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Illustration of the BASILICA procedure. (A) a catheter directs an electrified guidewire through the base of the left aortic cusp into a snare in the left ventricular outflow tract; (B) after snare retrieval, the mid-shaft of the guidewire is electrified to lacerate the leaflet (C); (D) the leaflet splays after TAVR permitting coronary flow. CREDIT:...
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Obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol more prevalent among irregular sleepers A new study has found that not sticking to a regular bedtime and wakeup schedule—and getting different amounts of sleep each night—can put a person at higher risk for obesity, high cholesterol , hypertension, high blood sugar and other metabolic disorders. In fact, for...
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Study focuses on impact of chronic conditions affecting people living with HIV WHAT: June 5 is HIV Long-Term Survivors Day , which recognizes the more than one million people in the United States living with HIV, while raising awareness about their health needs. To mark the day, a researcher with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI...
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Novel evidence-based approach led to short- and long-term fitness benefits Activity trackers and mobile phone apps are all the rage, but do they really help users increase and maintain physical activity? A new study has found that one mobile phone app designed for inactive women did help when combined with an activity tracker and personal...
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The LAMPOON procedure. CREDIT: Dr. Jaffar M. Khan and the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Intervention, led by Dr. Robert J. Lederman The transcatheter approach increases treatment options for high-risk patients Researchers at the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, have developed a novel...
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“Low eosinophil” biomarkers found in nearly three-quarters of people with mild persistent asthma A study of nearly 300 patients with mild persistent asthma found that inhaled steroids— long considered the gold standard for asthma treatment —were no more effective than placebo in nearly three-fourths of the study patients, all over age 12. Inhaled...
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On World Asthma Day 2019, the National Institutes of Health stands with patients, families, advocates, researchers and health care professionals around the globe to raise awareness about this common chronic respiratory disease. In 2016, asthma affected 26 million Americans and nearly 340 million people worldwide, according to the Global Burden of...
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Studies show heart-healthy eating plan works for prevention, treatment This photo of baked red snapper with zesty tomato sauce represents one of the many delicious and heart-healthy recipes that are part of the DASH eating plan. WHAT: May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and a nutrition researcher with the National Institutes of...
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Light physical activity such as gardening, strolling through a park, and folding clothes might be enough to significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease among women 63 and older, a new study has found. This kind of activity, researchers said, appears to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease events such as stroke or heart failure by up...
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The heart procedure improved patients’ quality of life and symptoms Catheter ablation, a common cardiovascular procedure, appears no more effective than drug therapies in preventing strokes, deaths, and other complications in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, patients who get the procedure experience much greater symptom relief and long...
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NIH-funded discovery uses common antifungal drug to improve lungs’ ability to fight infection Researchers say a widely-used antifungal drug may hold promise for treating people with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disorder that causes serious damage to the lungs. In studies using human cells and animals models, the researchers found...
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A new study has found that the longer older women sit or lay down during the course of a day—and the longer the individual periods of uninterrupted sitting—the greater their risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke. But reducing their sedentary time by just an hour a day appears to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases...
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Researchers say they are closer to solving the mystery of how a good night’s sleep protects against heart disease. In studies using mice, they discovered a previously unknown mechanism between the brain, bone marrow, and blood vessels that appears to protect against the development of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries—but only when...
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Researchers have found that treating psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, with biologic drugs that target immune system activity can reduce the early plaque buildup that clogs arteries, restricts blood flow, and leads to heart attacks and stroke. The findings highlight how immunotherapies that treat inflammatory conditions might play a...