NIH Health Research

A weekly summary of research developments and discoveries at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  1. People with SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, a sign of prior infection, were much less likely to test positive for COVID-19 in the following months.
  2. Researchers found that fine particulate matter levels in the air of subway systems across the Northeastern U.S exceed air safety standards.
  3. A combination of two monoclonal antibodies prevented and effectively treated Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in mice.
  4. Researchers developed a fast, computerized screening test to identify youth at risk for attempting suicide.
  5. Face masks increase the humidity of the air that the mask-wearer breathes in, which could help combat SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  6. Scientists engineered cartilage cells to produce an anti-inflammatory drug when placed under stress.
  7. A combination of two medications helped some people with heavy methamphetamine use to quit.
  8. People ate fewer daily calories but had higher insulin and blood sugar levels on a low-fat, plant-based diet than when on a low-carbohydrate, animal-based diet.
  9. A pilot study found that hyaluronan, a sugar naturally produced by the body, improved lung function in hospitalized COPD patients.
  10. A modeling study of SARS-CoV-2 spread in Hunan, China could help inform better policies to control the spread of COVID-19 while balancing economic impact.

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