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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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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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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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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...
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Detailed pregnancy history, prevention strategies may hold a key to improving health outcomes Women who experience complications such as preterm births and preeclampsia during their first pregnancy are nearly twice more likely than women without complications to develop high blood pressure later in life—some as quickly as three years later,...
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Use of long-acting bronchodilators had no impact for some African American children A new study of African Americans with poorly controlled asthma, found differences in patients’ responses to commonly used treatments. Contrary to what researchers had expected, almost half of young children in the study responded differently than older children and...
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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...