NIH Research Matters
October 2012 Archive
October 31, 2012
By keeping a healthy diet in the years after pregnancy, women who develop diabetes during pregnancy can greatly reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study found.
A new technique can distinguish between different types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and track disease progression. The method could allow for more accurate diagnoses and lead to more effective treatments.
Scientists discovered mutations in a gene that lead to hearing loss and also contribute to Usher syndrome. The finding adds to a growing body of knowledge about the underlying causes of these disorders.
October 22, 2012
Mobile phone data allowed researchers to track malaria parasite movements across Kenya. The results may help guide the design of more effective disease control programs.
A bacterial protein in common house dust may worsen allergies that could lead to asthma, according to a new report. The finding gives insight into the link between allergic asthma and the environment.
Researchers published a highly detailed picture of how an important signaling molecule in the brain interacts with its receptor. The achievement may help scientists design better drugs for certain disorders.
October 15, 2012
A careful analysis of genomic data further defined 4 primary subtypes of breast cancer, each with its own biology and survival outlook. The findings may help to guide future treatment strategies.
A new study comparing treatments for a type of urinary incontinence in women found that each has benefits and drawbacks.
Scientists identified a protein thatís essential for mending injuries to the intestinal lining in mice. The finding might have implications for understanding and repairing damage to the human intestinal wall.
October 1, 2012
Gene therapy can safely restore immune function in children with severe combined immunodeficiency and allow some to stop taking painful weekly injections. The finding offers hope for those born with this rare and deadly disorder.
New research suggests that early-life exposure to antibiotics affects gut microbes and changes how food is metabolized. The findings may explain how antibiotics fatten farm animals and also have implications for childhood obesity.
Mice that were unable to smell from birth gained the ability to smell after a gene therapy treatment. The approach might one day lead to similar treatments for related human genetic disorders.
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Harrison Wein, Ph.D., Editor
Vicki Contie, Assistant Editor
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.