NIH Research Matters
November 24, 2014
Researchers identified mutations in 107 genes that may contribute to the risk for autism spectrum disorder. The findings may help lead to potential therapies.
An experimental drug showed promising results and potential problems in treating a common liver disease. The drugís long-term effects still need to be assessed.
By blocking mitochondria division, scientists were able to restore function in mouse models of Parkinsonís disease. These preliminary findings suggest a strategy to slow or halt the disease.
November 10, 2014
Computer model projections provide insight into the dynamics of the Ebola outbreak. Such models can help guide more effective control efforts.
While studying cognitive function in healthy adults, researchers discovered DNA from an algal virus in throat samples. The virus was associated with subtle cognitive changes.
The hearts of mice have resident macrophages, a type of immune cell, that play a key role in recovery from damage. The findings suggest novel treatment strategies for heart failure.
November 3, 2014
In some patients with suspected genetic conditions, a fast, powerful technique called whole-exome sequencing provided a molecular diagnosis.
Scientists illuminated the movement and complete structure of the spikes that the HIV virus uses to bind cells. The findings will help guide efforts to develop vaccines and treatments.
Researchers designed a cell culture system that reproduce key features of Alzheimer’s disease. The system may aid in drug development and the study of other neurodegenerative disorders.
October 20, 2014
Certain heart-related risk factors are present early in people diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. The findings highlight early treatment opportunities.
An experimental vaccine against H7N9 avian influenza prompted substantial immune responses in 59% of volunteers. The approach could lead to improved flu vaccines.
Researchers transformed human stem cells into pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin and respond to glucose. The finding could lead to new therapies to treat diabetes.
October 6, 2014
Pregnant women given computer-based information about prenatal screening were more likely to skip testing, especially invasive tests—even when the tests were free.
A study in mice revealed how diet-induced changes to intestinal bacteria can influence autoinflammatory disease. The results could guide new approaches to these diseases.
In a proof-of-principle study, scientists identified a compound that can correct a cellular defect that causes a rare kidney disease.
September 29, 2014
A zebrafish study shed light on how the structure of the face forms. Problems with equivalent genes in people can cause facial defects and other developmental issues.
Researchers developed microgel particles that mimic platelets and help form blood clots. The approach could lead to new treatments for uncontrolled bleeding.
Scientists designed a way to target and destroy specific DNA sequences in microbes. The approach might one day be used against pathogenic bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics.
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