NIH Health Research

A weekly summary of research developments and discoveries at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  1. A study found that people experienced less pain when the treatment provider expected the pain reliever to work.
  2. Mice exposed to e-cigarette vapor containing nicotine had an increased risk of developing lung cancer and pre-cancerous changes in the bladder.
  3. Researchers identified three antibodies that protect against multiple strains of influenza virus by targeting the surface protein neuraminidase. The findings could help researchers develop better flu vaccines and treatments.
  4. An artificial pancreas system improved blood glucose control throughout the day and overnight for people with type 1 diabetes.
  5. People who had traumatic microbleeds that could be seen on MRI scans were twice as likely to experience disability after a traumatic brain injury.
  6. Scientists designed a capsule that, when taken by mouth, can deliver drugs through microneedle injections to the small intestine.
  7. A study found that emphasizing the tasty aspects of healthy foods may do more to boost consumption than promoting their nutritional qualities.
  8. Scientists developed a high-performance, low magnetic-field MRI system that could be used for image-guided procedures and other new clinical applications in the future.
  9. Household bleach can decontaminate stainless steel surfaces infected with the prions that cause chronic wasting disease. The findings suggest a practical method for decontaminating equipment used for hunting and meat processing.
  10. Results from a study of African American children with poorly controlled asthma contrast with those seen in other populations in previous studies. The findings highlight the importance of including people of diverse ages and races.
  11. Researchers identified an enzyme in gut bacteria that releases an inflammation-causing carbohydrate from meat. The findings suggest strategies to reduce the risk of certain diseases associated with eating red meat.
  12. Researchers discovered that ALS-related mutations prevent RNA transport from the nucleus to other areas of nerve cells. The results suggest an avenue to investigate new treatments for diseases linked to problems with this process.

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