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mother hugging down who has down syndrome
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Research Feature
Studies target heart, lung, and sleep disorders associated with condition Each year, about 5,300 babies are born in the United States with Down syndrome, a genetic disease that is associated with intellectual and physical challenges. People with the condition have a high risk of heart defects, pulmonary hypertension, sleep apnea, gastrointestinal...
Group of Native American's hula dancing
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Research Feature
Brandie Taylor is watching her teenage son, Hunter Banegas, grow into a man. She is proud of his talent and his embrace of Kumeyaay Bird Singing, which is performed at traditional gatherings of their tribe, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, near San Diego, Calif. But 13 years ago, a future filled with song—a future with Hunter—seemed doubtful. When...
Image of grouped sickled cells
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News Release
'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...
MRI machine and screens with patient's lungs
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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...
Pregnant holding belly while at the doctor's office
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News Release
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,...
African american child looking at camera while someone administers medication through inhaler
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News Release
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...
About 1 in every 16,300 Hispanic babies is born with sickle cell disease
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Research Feature
En el 2000, Mercy Mendoza, a los 3 años, languidecía con una enfermedad misteriosa. Su abuela, desesperanzada, compró un sitio donde enterrarla en el pueblito de Honduras donde vivían. La hinchazón, el dolor y la inmovilidad estaban erosionando rápidamente su salud. Finalmente, un médico que había estudiado en los Estados Unidos reconoció su...
About 1 in every 16,300 Hispanic babies is born with sickle cell disease.
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Research Feature
In 2000, a mysterious disease was making 3-year-old Mercy Mendoza so ill that her grandmother bought a burial plot for her in the little town in Honduras where they lived. Swelling, pain, and immobility were fast eroding her health. Finally, a doctor who had been trained in the United States recognized her condition: It was sickle cell disease, an...
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NHLBI in the Press
During Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Alabamian Lynndrick Holmes, 29, shared his experience of being free of the sickle cell disease two years after receiving genetic treatment as part of an NIH clinical trial that might hold the key to a cure of this disease.
Pregnant woman at doctor's office having pressure measured.
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Research Feature
If a woman is pregnant and chronic high blood pressure is seriously high, doctors typically don’t debate what to do. They treat it—and fas t—mainly to minimize the risk for strokes and other potentially deadly cardiovascular events. But what if the woman’s chronic high blood pressure is considered, well, mild—say, less than 160/105 mm Hg? As it...
pregnant woman sleeping
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Research Feature
Poor sleep may seem like a normal fallout of pregnancy, but research shows it can be a pernicious problem, with long-term ill effects on a woman’s cardiovascular health. Pregnant women who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing, particularly sleep apnea, are at higher risk for both gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, the...