NIH Research Matters
April 2013 Archive
April 29, 2013
Researchers quickly analyzed the novel avian influenza virus that’s caused recent illness and death in China. Their effort gives clues to the virus’s origin, transmissibility and treatment.
Scientists created artificial kidneys that can filter blood and produce urine in rats. The approach may one day help patients who need organ transplants.
Researchers visualized a key step in how signals from outside the cell are muted within. The finding gives insight into the complex systems that control our cells.
April 22, 2013
The link between red meat consumption and heart disease, a study suggests, may stem from gut microbes breaking down carnitine, a compound found in red meat.
Research in mice suggests that targeting cholesterol metabolism in the eye may help prevent progression of a severe form of age-related macular degeneration.
Scientists developed a technique to preserve the brain’s 3-D structure down to the molecular level, allowing for study of the brain’s inner workings at a scale never before possible.
April 15, 2013
A study in mice suggests that gastric bypass surgery may result in weight loss in part by altering microbes in the gut.
Stimulating a specific part of the brain reduced compulsive cocaine seeking in rats. The finding suggests a potential approach to change addictive behavior.
Researchers discovered that distinct sets of neurons respond to heat and cold. The findings provide an elegant explanation for how mammals sense temperature.
April 8, 2013
A new study showed that a weight-loss intervention can help overweight and obese people with serious mental illnesses—such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression—lose significant weight and keep it off.
Chelation therapy—an unproven alternative treatment for heart disease—modestly reduced cardiovascular events in adults who’d suffered a prior heart attack. The findings weren’t conclusive but will help guide future research.
A type of targeted immunotherapy induced remission in adults with an aggressive form of leukemia that had relapsed in 5 patients. The early results of this ongoing trial show the potential of the approach.
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NIH Research Matters is a weekly update of NIH research highlights from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.