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Using a technique that is opening the door to more complex analyses of the human genome, researchers have identified dozens of new genetic variations that affect blood pressure. Scientists discovered the new genetic regions—and confirmed the role of many previously known ones—by looking specifically at cigarette smoking behavior, one of many lifest...
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Research Features
Rare diseases are, well, rare. When it comes to research to find treatment and cures for them, that is a huge problem. Recruitment of enough suitable patients to obtain meaningful results is a major challenge. The patients are scattered throughout the country, or the world, and sometimes they are not even correctly diagnosed. If gene therapy finall...
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WHAT: The Framingham Heart Study , a joint project of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Boston University, marks its 70th anniversary this year. Daniel Levy, M.D., director of the project , will deliver a special lecture to acknowledge the landmark, multigenerational study, which began in 1948. The topic of Dr. Levy’s talk w...
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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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After three decades of hopes tempered by setbacks, gene therapy—the process of treating a disease by modifying a person’s DNA—is no longer the future of medicine, but is part of the present-day clinical treatment toolkit. The Jan. 12 issue of the journal Science provides an in-depth and timely review of the key developments that have led to several...
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Research Features
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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WHAT: Findings from a landmark study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) support a key component of the new 2017 Hypertension Clinical Practice Guidelines announced by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) at the annual AHA meeting in Anaheim, California. In 2013, the National Heart, Lung, a...