NIH Health Research

A weekly summary of research developments and discoveries at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  1. Researchers showed that levels of free fatty acids in the blood can help identify children who have eaten too close to a blood test for type 2 diabetes.
  2. Researchers developed a blood test that, in a pilot study, accurately identified people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.
  3. A resource of gene expression patterns from the brain cells of people who had Alzheimer’s disease may enable advances in understanding how the disease develops.
  4. People with diabetic macular edema but good vision didn’t benefit from starting treatment before vision loss developed.
  5. Scientists used brain signals recorded from patients with epilepsy to program a computer to mimic natural speech.
  6. Researchers developed microrobots that destroy and remove biofilms. After further development, the technology could be used for teeth, implants, and medical devices.
  7. Eight infants with a rare genetic disorder had their immune systems repaired by a new gene therapy approach.
  8. In an animal study, a liquid biomaterial transformed into a gel at the site of damage after a heart attack. The findings could lead to new approaches for treating damaged tissues.
  9. Researchers uncovered how the fast-acting antidepressant ketamine’s effects are sustained over time. The insights may help guide the development of future treatments for mood disorders.
  10. 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.
  11. An FDA-approved drug dramatically improved the health of people with rare chronic immune disorders called hypereosinophilic syndromes.
  12. 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.

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