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April 9, 2014
Drug does not improve set of cardiovascular outcomes for diastolic heart failure
A drug that blocks the action of a key hormone did not significantly improve a set of cardiovascular outcomes for patients with diastolic heart failure, a condition in which the heart is stiffer than normal and has problems filling with blood, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health.

March 31, 2014
HIV-Infected Men at Increased Risk for Heart Disease, Large Study Finds
The buildup of soft plaque in arteries that nourish the heart is more common and extensive in HIV-infected men than HIV-uninfected men, independent of established cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to a new study by National Institutes of Health grantees. The findings suggest that HIV-infected men are at greater risk for a heart attack than their HIV-uninfected peers, the researchers write in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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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...

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April 14, 2014 : Henry Ford Health System
Henry Ford Hospital performs 25th transcaval valve replacement
Tammy Battaglia
Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital reached a medical milestone, performing the 25th successful transcatheter valve replacement using a novel way to access the heart. Henry Ford is the only hospital in the United States performing the unique procedure called transcaval valve replacement; initially developed at NHLBI, this procedure accesses the heart by temporarily connecting major blood vessels.

April 8, 2014 : Washington University in St. Louis
$8 million to study gene-lifestyle interactions on heart health
Julia Evangelou Strait
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received an $8 million grant to investigate the genetic and environmental roots of cardiovascular disease risk factors. The four-year grant will support the first large-scale, multi-ethnic statistical analysis of risk factors for cardiovascular disease that looks at lifestyle interactions with genes.

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

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....
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