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

Audio File 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. Read full message

Serendipity and the Prepared Mind: An NHLBI Intramural Researcher’s Breakthrough Observations

Audio File Gary H. Gibbons - December 24, 2013

Dr. Warren Leonard, chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and director of the Immunology Center at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, studied the basic aspects of the interleukin-2 receptor. This research into IL-2 led he and his team  to the realization that mutations of the gamma chain of the receptor resulted in X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency in humans, aka, the Bubble Boy Disease. Read full message

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