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July 1, 2014
Adults stop anti-rejection drugs after partial stem-cell transplant reverses sickle cell disease
Half of patients in a trial have safely stopped immunosuppressant medication following a modified blood stem-cell transplant for severe sickle cell disease, according to a study in the July 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The trial was conducted at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, by researchers from NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

May 19, 2014
Common treatment for patients with chronic, progressive lung disease found to be ineffective
A drug used to treat patients with mild to moderate lung damage from the disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is no better than placebo for preserving lung function, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The finding is in the final report of a clinical trial called Prednisone, Azathioprine, and N-Acetylcysteine: A Study That Evaluates Response in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (PANTHER-IPF).

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images of the reduction in blood flow after a mental stress test compared to after a physical stress test and at rest

Emotional stress and heart disease in women: an interview with Dr. Viola Vaccarino
When it comes to the effects of emotional stress on the heart, young men and women may not be created equal. Understanding the role of emotional factors—in particular psychological stress—on heart disease risk is a professional passion for longtime NHLBI grantee, Dr. Viola Vaccarino, a leader in women’s health research. Read full fact sheet...


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July 16, 2014 : CNN
We are genetically linked to our friends
Azadeh Ansari
A new study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science suggests friends may be more than just people you lean on when you're not strong; they might actually help you carry on -- genetically speaking. Using data from the Framingham Heart Study, the researchers were able to conduct what they say is the first genome-wide analysis correlating genotypes between friends.

July 15, 2014 : Wauwatosa Now
Three decades of enrichment: MCW medical student summer research program earns federal funding
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $860,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to fund 24 fellowships annually for medical students participating in its Medical Student Summer Research Program. The program offers first year medical students the opportunity to spend the summer in a research environment working on biomedical, clinical or translational research, mentored by MCW investigators.

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Upcoming Events

September 17, 2014 - September 18, 2014
NHLBI Annual Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Research Meetings
Bethesda, Maryland

The Annual Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Research Meetings provide a venue for study investigators to meet and review progress in ongoing and proposed clinical trials.


September 22, 2014 - September 22, 2014
NHLBI Regional Innovation Conference
Research Triangle Park, NC

NHLBI’s Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC) hosts this semi-annual Regional Innovation Conference that brings together small businesses, angel investors, venture capitalists, strategic partners, and business leaders from the biotech, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. NHLBI staff will be available to describe the details and impact of recent changes in the Federal SBIR/STTR program, as well as other funding opportunities and resources for small businesses.


Director's Message
Researcher's Work Helps Awaken Public, Scientific Community to Perils of Bad Sleep

Gary H. Gibbons, M.D.
April 28, 2014

The statistics are startling: 50-70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders, which account for $50 billion dollars in lost productivity each year. And even those who don’t have a diagnosed disorder often are affected by lack of sleep, asd evidenced by the fact that one-third of Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night....
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