NIH Research Matters
August 2013 Archive
August 26, 2013
Two novel genes were linked to severe forms of childhood epilepsies. These and other findings provide opportunities for further exploring the origins and treatment of the disorders.
A new technique that uses MRI image data to assess blood vessels in cancer tumors may help identify patients who would benefit from certain therapies.
Scientists identified signs in blood that might help doctors identify people with suicidal feelings and thoughts. The discovery could lead to more effective interventions.
August 19, 2013
A candidate malaria vaccine is safe and protects against infection in adults, according to the results of an early-stage clinical trial.
A set of 5 genetic variants can help predict whether an experimental treatment for alcohol dependence will succeed.
Researchers have observed for the first time how broken ends of chromosomes incorrectly reattach to each other—an abnormality common in cancer cells.
August 12, 2013
A mathematical model simulates how weight and body fat in children respond to changes in diet and physical activity. The model may offer new insights for addressing childhood obesity.
Patients with severe vasculitis get the same benefits from just 4 doses of the drug rituximab over a month as from the standard daily therapy for 18 months, a study reports.
People with schizophrenia have a high number of spontaneous mutations in genes that form a network in the front region of the brain. The findings reveal new clues about the disorder.
August 5, 2013
New research suggests that breaking a sweat during regular physical activity may lower your risk of having a stroke.
Scientists directed human stem cells to form tiny vascular networks that can connect to the existing circulation in mice. The technique might assist future efforts to repair and regenerate tissues and organs.
Researchers have determined and analyzed the structure of the human glucagon receptor. The findings may aid in the development of drugs for type 1 and type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
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