Drug helps people with rare chronic immune disorders
An FDA-approved drug dramatically improved the health of people with rare chronic immune disorders called hypereosinophilic syndromes. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotics prescribed more often during telemedicine visits
Researchers found that doctors treating children for respiratory infections were more likely to prescribe antibiotics during telemedicine visits than at urgent care or primary care clinics. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Small molecule targets cause of adult onset muscular dystrophy
Researchers designed a small molecule that, in mice, blocks the mutated RNA responsible for adult onset muscular dystrophy. The findings suggest a new avenue to develop therapeutics. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Virus helps bacteria evade immune system
Researchers discovered how a type of virus that infects bacteria can help the bacteria escape the immune system and cause chronic wound infections. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bioengineered vessels transform into living blood vessels
Bioengineered vessels that were implanted in people to aid with kidney dialysis matured into living blood vessels, showing that they can be integrated into human tissues. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3D-printed bioreactor builds bone
Bioengineers repaired jawbones in sheep using tissue grown in a 3D-printed bioreactor. The findings lay the groundwork for developing and testing the approach in people. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Primate study shows progress with cryopreserved testicular tissue
A live monkey produced with sperm derived from animals that had not yet undergone puberty is an important step toward offering young cancer patients a chance to have children in the future. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prescribing healthy foods could bring cost-effective benefits
A sophisticated model estimated that healthy food subsidies could save billions in health care costs and prevent hundreds of thousands of heart disease deaths and diabetes cases. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug mimics human antibody against flu
Researchers developed and tested a drug in mice that works like a human antibody to neutralize flu viruses. The study will aid development of new drugs against flu viruses. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Replacing function of impaired cystic fibrosis protein
A widely-used antifungal drug replaced the function of the mutated protein that causes cystic fibrosis in human lung cells grown in the lab, suggesting a potential therapy. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Comparing treatments for atrial fibrillation
A study comparing a surgical procedure called catheter ablation with medications for atrial fibrillation will help inform treatment decisions. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blocking a pathway to heart failure
Researchers identified drugs to restore heart muscle function in rodents with heart failure. The findings may help pave the way for a similar approach in people. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supportive parenting can reduce child ’s anxiety
Teaching parents ways to respond to their child ’s anxiety may reduce symptoms as well as the standard therapy treatment for childhood anxiety. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Getting active later in life brings benefits
People who were inactive as teens and young adults but increased physical activity in middle age saw the same reduced risk of death as those who stayed active from adolescence onward. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

“Intelligent” injection device targets tissues
Researchers developed a resistance-sensitive injection device that could help reduce errors when targeting tissues that are difficult to reach using traditional syringes. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reduced-calorie diet lowers signs of inflammatory bowel disease
Feeding mice cycles of a certain low-calorie diet improved signs of inflammatory bowel disease. Feeding people a similar diet seemed to reduce overall inflammation. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weekend catch-up can ’t counter chronic sleep deprivation
People with consistent sleep deprivation gained weight and experienced a loss of insulin sensitivity. Weekend “recovery” sleep only seemed to make things worse. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doubling the building blocks for DNA
Scientists created novel DNA structures from four synthetic and four natural building blocks. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How disrupted sleep may lead to heart disease
Researchers found that sleep disruption activates a molecule that triggers inflammation and leads to fatty buildup in mouse arteries. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nutrition supplement increases infant birth size
Women in lower-income countries who received nutritional supplements before or early in pregnancy were more likely to give birth to healthy-sized babies. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spongy stomach sensor that could be swallowed
Engineers designed a sensor-containing device that can quickly inflate with fluid in the stomach and then shrink on demand. The device could make it possible to monitor conditions in the stomach and deliver slow-release drugs. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blocking DNA repair restores sensitivity of brain tumors to treatment in mice
Researchers found that blocking DNA repair made gliomas, a type of deadly brain tumor, more responsive to radiation therapy in mice. The study suggests possible treatment strategies. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Understanding recurrent tonsillitis
In children with recurrent tonsillitis, the bacteria that cause the disease trick immune cells into destroying each other instead of remembering the bacteria. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decoding the variety of human antibodies
Researchers genetically sequenced antibodies in people ’s blood and estimated that the body may be able to make up to one quintillion unique antibodies. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Intensive blood pressure control may lessen cognitive loss
In a study of older adults with a high risk for heart disease, intensive blood pressure control reduced the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Immune cells in the gut slow metabolism
A type of immune cell found in the mouse gut slows metabolism and raises the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Targeting these cells in people might affect obesity and related diseases. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cerebellum connects to brain ’s reward system
A study in mice found that the brain ’s cerebellum—known to play a role in motor coordination—also helps control the brain’s reward circuitry. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ebola antibody treatment tested in people
A treatment for Ebola developed from a survivor ’s protective antibody was found safe in a study of healthy volunteers at the NIH Clinical Center. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Light activity may lower harmful effects of sitting
A study found that even light-intensity movement for 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of death incurred by sitting. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genes linked to abnormal bone density and fracture
Using information from hundreds of thousands of people, researchers produced a detailed analysis of the genetic factors related to bone density. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physical activity helps reduce depression symptoms
Researchers found that sleep problems, lack of energy, and physical inactivity may lead to a depressed mood. The findings reverse conventional wisdom that depression leads to physical inactivity. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physical activity may reduce depression symptoms
Researchers found that sleep problems, lack of energy, and physical inactivity may lead to a depressed mood. The findings reverse conventional wisdom that depression leads to physical inactivity. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

School nutrition policies reduce weight gain
Implementing nutrition policies at middle schools limited unhealthy weight gains in students. The findings highlight an effective obesity prevention strategy in schools. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetically modified houseplant cleans indoor air
Researchers genetically modified an indoor houseplant to purify certain airborne toxins commonly found in the home that have been linked to cancer. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - January 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating red meat daily triples heart disease-related chemical
People had high blood levels of TMAO, a chemical that ’s been linked to heart disease, when they ate a diet rich in red meat. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - January 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Revealing gene regulation in the brain
A resource with information on gene regulation from more than 2,000 human brains yielded insights into mental illnesses and will enable future studies of human brain development and function. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2018 Research Highlights — Insights From the Lab
Noteworthy NIH advances in basic research include new insights into cancer, identification of a human skeletal stem cell, and an experimental male contraceptive that blocks sperm movement. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2018 Research Highlights — Promising Medical Advances
NIH findings with potential for enhancing human health include vaccines against HIV, anthrax, and plague, a wearable ultrasound patch to track blood pressure, and a technique to regrow neurons across scarred spinal tissue. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2018 Research Highlights — Clinical Advances
NIH accomplishments in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease include progress on preventing opioid overdoses, an antibody combination that suppresses HIV, and fecal transplants that restore gut microbes after antibiotics. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - December 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Detecting prions in eyes
Scientists detected abnormal prion proteins in multiple parts of the eye in people who died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most ovarian cysts may not need surveillance
Women with simple ovarian cysts detected by ultrasound didn ’t develop ovarian cancer at elevated rates over the next three years, adding to evidence that these cysts aren’t dangerous. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Probiotics not helpful for young children with diarrhea
A probiotic treatment did not show any benefit for young children brought to the hospital with acute gastroenteritis, which involves diarrhea and other symptoms. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Building an atlas of brain function in mice
Researchers produced an atlas of brain cells in a region of the mouse hypothalamus that controls key social behaviors. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New antibiotic for gonorrhea advances in trials
A novel antibiotic called zoliflodacin cured most gonorrhea infections in a single dose. The findings pave the way for larger, more definitive trials. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Appendix linked to toxic Parkinson ’s protein
A study suggests that the toxic protein buildup that ’s linked to Parkinson’s may begin in the appendix. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How the brain keeps track of time
Researchers discovered a set of brain cells that keeps track of time in mice. The study suggests that there are separate brain circuits for recording information about time and places. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Method identifies disease-causing bacteria
A sensitive test accurately screened blood samples for the presence of any of the more than 300 bacteria known to cause disease in people. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preserving sperm stem cells restores fertility in mice
Scientists stored stem cells that produce sperm for months and used them to restore fertility in male mice. The approach could potentially help young boys undergoing chemotherapy. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - November 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine protects animals against anthrax and plague
Scientists engineered a vaccine that protects animals from both anthrax and plague. After more development and testing, the approach could be used to combat public health threats. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - October 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Immune culprits linked to inflammation and bone loss in gum disease
Researchers identified specific immune cells that, when triggered by bacteria, drive gum disease. The findings reveal potential treatment targets. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - October 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news