NIH Health Research

A weekly summary of research developments and discoveries at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  1. In a final analysis of study data, researchers concluded that the medication hydroxychloroquine provides no benefit to adults hospitalized with COVID-19.
  2. Using a life support machine called ECMO shortly after cardiac arrest outside of a hospital improved patients’ chances of survival.
  3. Researchers found that the brain’s protective membranes are guarded against microbes by immune cells that are trained in the gut.
  4. Researchers found that despite higher suicide rates among rural youth, rural areas have fewer mental health facilities that provide suicide prevention services for youths.
  5. About 5% of women reported persistently high levels of postpartum depression symptoms for three years after giving birth.
  6. Researchers discovered that coronaviruses hijack lysosomes, the cell’s trash disposal system, to exit cells and spread through the body.
  7. Using a genomic approach, researchers identified a new inflammatory disorder, called VEXAS, in men with diverse symptoms.
  8. Researchers restored vision in blind mice by using gene therapy to add a novel light-sensing protein to cells in the retina.
  9. A study in mice showed how mucus production throughout the colon keeps gut bacteria isolated from intestinal tissue and helps prevent inflammation.
  10. People hospitalized for anorexia improved more quickly when fed higher calories than normally used in treatment.
  11. Researchers discovered that a protein called PIEZO2 may be responsible for the powerful urge to urinate that we normally feel many times throughout the day.
  12. Researchers were able to uncover key steps in HIV replication by reconstituting and watching these events unfold outside the cell.

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