NIH Research Matters
July 27, 2015
Free symptom checking programs often donít provide the correct diagnosis first, a study found, and their advice on when to seek help usually errs on the side of caution.
Two studies found that recent cholesterol treatment guidelines are a cost-effective way to prevent cardiovascular disease.
A sensor in nerve cells of tiny worms detects the Earthís magnetic field. The finding suggests that the ability of animals to detect magnetic fields may be more widespread than thought.
July 13, 2015
A noninvasive method to detect both early- and late-stage pancreatic cancer could lead to routine tests that catch tumors early and boost survival rates.
A technique called umbilical cord milking increased blood pressure and red blood cell levels in preterm infants delivered by cesarean section.
Periodic cycles of a low-calorie diet that mimicked fasting improved metabolic, immune, and other functions in mice. A pilot study suggested health benefits to people.
June 29, 2015
A nationwide survey found that alcohol use disorder is becoming more common, but few people seek treatment. The study highlights the need for renewed education and treatment efforts.
Researchers found that nearly 1 in 7 Hispanic/Latino adults in the U.S. has hearing loss. More research will be needed to determine the factors involved and develop interventions.
Research teams achieved important steps needed to prompt the immune system to produce antibodies against HIV. The results show important progress toward design of an effective HIV vaccine.
June 15, 2015
A 4-day course of antibiotics gave similar results to a longer standard course in people with complicated intra-abdominal infections. Shorter courses could have many benefits.
Researchers identified a protein involved in advanced diabetic retinopathy. The finding may explain why reatments donít help all patients and suggests a new approach.
Scientists found lymph vessels in mouse brains that carry fluid and immune cells from cerebrospinal fluid. Problems in this system might play a role in neurological disorders.
June 1, 2015
Researchers developed a device that captures rare clusters of tumor cells from the blood of cancer patients. The technique could lead to new insights into how cancer spreads.
Scientists resolved the detailed architecture of an inhibitor bound to an enzyme in solution. The technical advance could potentially aid drug development in the future.
Results from a mouse study suggest that pregnancy primes the mammary gland for increased milk production in future pregnancies through epigenetic changes.
May 18, 2015
An experimental therapy for an inherited disorder that causes blindness improves vision, but the improvement declines with time. The findings offer insights for future therapies.
A new resource allows scientists to examine how genomic differences affect gene activity in tissues and organs across the body—and how that activity influences susceptibility to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Researchers developed a tool that can turn specific sets of neurons on and off in mice to affect behavior. The technology can help scientists study mental health and disorders.
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