November 19, 2013
Genetic data does not improve anticoagulation control with warfarin
Combining genetic data with clinical information to determine the initial dosage of the blood thinner warfarin, used to prevent blood clots in the circulatory system, was no more effective in achieving stable anticoagulation than using only clinical information, according to a National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial. In addition, the study found that in African-Americans, anticoagulation control was lower in the genetics-based approach compared to the clinically-based method.
November 18, 2013
Renal artery stents lead to similar outcome versus medication-only
A commonly used stenting procedure to treat plaque build-up in the renal artery appears to offer no significant improvement when added to medication-based therapy, according to results from a National Institutes of Health-funded study. The narrowing and hardening of one or both renal arteries, known as renal artery stenosis, occurs in 1 to 5 percent of people who have high blood pressure, or hypertension.
Sleep Disorders & Insufficient Sleep: Improving Health through Research
National Institutes of Health- (NIH) supported research is shedding light on how sleep and lack of sleep affect the human body. The NIH and its partners will continue to work together to advance sleep research. Read full fact sheet...
December 6, 2013
: ASN Kidney News
NHLBI work spans heart, kidney care
This question and answer piece (starting on page 14) features NHLBI director Gary H. Gibbons discussing the intersection between research in cardiovascular disease and kidney disease.
December 6, 2013
: MedlinePlus Magazine
Apolo Ohno: Breathing easier
Apolo Anton Ohno, winner of eight Winter Olympic medals for short-track speedskating, had to first overcome exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). The condition is a temporary narrowing of the airways during or after exercise.