Experimental HIV Vaccine Regimen Safe but Ineffective
Health
Experimental HIV Vaccine Regimen Safe but Ineffective
2023-01-18 20:30:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — An investigational HIV vaccine regimen tested among men who have sex with men and transgender people was safe but did not provide protection against HIV acquisition, an independent monitoring board has determined.  The Phase 3 clinical trial for... Read More

Study Finds Hepatitis C Treatment Gap for Those With Alcohol Use Disorder
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Study Finds Hepatitis C Treatment Gap for Those With Alcohol Use Disorder
2022-12-14 21:21:15
by TWN Staff

Individuals with alcohol use disorder are less likely to receive antivirals for hepatitis C, despite current guidelines recommending antiviral treatment regardless of alcohol use, according to a new study supported by the National Institutes of Health.Direct-acting antiviral treatment is highly... Read More

Scientists May Have Deciphered How Flu Viruses Enter Cells
Science
Scientists May Have Deciphered How Flu Viruses Enter Cells
2022-12-07 16:57:13
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — Researchers at the National Institutes of Health believe they have discovered how influenza viruses open a hole in the cell membrane to inject genetic material into the cell. If they’re right, their work will set the stage for... Read More

New Study Challenges ‘Good’ Cholesterol’s Role in Predicting Heart Disease Risk
Health
New Study Challenges ‘Good’ Cholesterol’s Role in Predicting Heart Disease Risk
2022-11-30 16:58:41
by TWN Staff

BETHESDA, Md. — A new study has found that high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, the so-called "good cholesterol," may not be as effective as scientists once believed in uniformly predicting cardiovascular disease risk among adults of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.  In... Read More

Website Established for Self-Reporting COVID-19 Test Results
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Website Established for Self-Reporting COVID-19 Test Results
2022-11-30 16:49:33
by TWN Staff

BETHESDA, Md. — Reporting a positive or negative COVID-19 test result just became easier thanks to a new website from the National Institutes of Health.  MakeMyTestCount.org, developed through the NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Tech program, allows users to anonymously... Read More

Report Finds Cancer Deaths Continue Downward Trend
Health
Report Finds Cancer Deaths Continue Downward Trend
2022-11-15 16:34:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The death rate from most cancers continued to decline over a four-year period extending from 2015 to 2019, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the State of Cancer from the National Institutes of Health.... Read More

Researchers Begin Study of IV Iron Treatment for Post-Pregnancy Anemia
Research
Researchers Begin Study of IV Iron Treatment for Post-Pregnancy Anemia
2022-11-15 16:32:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health are launching a large-scale study to evaluate a single dose of intravenous iron to treat women experiencing anemia after giving birth.  The study will enroll nearly 5,000 women in Bangladesh,... Read More

Early HIV Diagnosis and Treatment Key to Better Long-Term Outcomes
Health
Early HIV Diagnosis and Treatment Key to Better Long-Term Outcomes
2022-10-25 21:11:21
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — Starting antiretroviral treatment early in the course of HIV infection, when the immune system is stronger, results in better long-term health outcomes compared with delaying antiretroviral treatment, according to a study presented at the IDWeek Conference in Washington... Read More

Video Gaming May Boost Better Cognitive Performance in Children
Health
Video Gaming May Boost Better Cognitive Performance in Children
2022-10-25 21:08:55
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — A study of nearly 2,000 children found that those who said they played video games for three hours or more a day performed better on cognitive skills tests involving impulse control and working memory than their non-game playing... Read More

Hair Straightening Chemicals Linked to Higher Uterine Cancer Risk
Health
Hair Straightening Chemicals Linked to Higher Uterine Cancer Risk
2022-10-17 15:11:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Women who use chemical hair straightening products are at a higher risk for uterine cancer compared to women who do not report using these products, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. The researchers... Read More

NIH-Funded Study Identifies New, More Effective Approach to Treating Cat Allergies
Health
NIH-Funded Study Identifies New, More Effective Approach to Treating Cat Allergies
2022-10-14 15:39:52
by Dan McCue

BETHESDA, Md. — An experimental approach to enhancing a standard cat allergy treatment made it more effective and faster acting, and the benefits persisted for a year after treatment ended, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health has... Read More

NIH Awards Over $200 Million to Support Biomedical Research
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NIH Awards Over $200 Million to Support Biomedical Research
2022-10-05 19:18:30
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health has awarded 103 new research grants, totaling some $285 million, to support highly innovative scientists who propose visionary and broadly impactful meritorious behavioral and biomedical research projects. The 2022 NIH Director’s Awards are... Read More

Study Finds Viagra and Cialis Do Not Reduce Alzheimer’s, Dementia Risk
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Study Finds Viagra and Cialis Do Not Reduce Alzheimer’s, Dementia Risk
2022-10-05 19:17:08
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — Despite the results of a previous study, sildenafil (Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis) may not be suitable candidates for treating dementia, according to the National Institutes of Health. The institute recently delved into the situation with its Drug Repurposing... Read More

Prenatal Steroid Treatment May Improve Survival for Extremely Preterm Infants
Research
Prenatal Steroid Treatment May Improve Survival for Extremely Preterm Infants
2022-09-26 16:07:13
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON — Steroid treatment before birth appears to improve survival and reduce complications among extremely preterm infants, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.  Antenatal steroid therapy, given to women at risk of preterm delivery, causes... Read More

Which Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Are Better for You?
Health
Which Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Are Better for You?
2022-09-19 20:08:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Last week The Well News ran what turned out to be a wildly popular piece entitled “Older Adults Should Take Calcium, Vitamins D and B12.” In fact, we got so many responses that we decided to contact the... Read More

NIH Study Confirms Benefit of Supplements for Slowing Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Health
NIH Study Confirms Benefit of Supplements for Slowing Age-Related Macular Degeneration
2022-09-19 13:10:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A pair of National Institutes of Health studies on age-related eye disease have established that dietary supplements can slow progression of age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in older Americans.  In a recent report, scientists... Read More

Unique Set of Proteins Restores Hearing in Zebra Fish
Health
Unique Set of Proteins Restores Hearing in Zebra Fish
2022-09-14 19:02:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Research into a specific network of proteins that restores hearing in zebra fish through cell regeneration may inform the development of treatments for hearing loss in humans, according to the National Institutes of Health. The study, led by... Read More

US Begins Clinical Trial Evaluating Antiviral for Monkeypox
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US Begins Clinical Trial Evaluating Antiviral for Monkeypox
2022-09-09 18:19:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the antiviral tecovirimat, also known as TPOXX, is now enrolling adults and children with monkeypox infections in the United States, the National Institutes of Health announced Friday. Study investigators aim to enroll... Read More

First US Patient Receives Patient-Derived Implant to Treat a Leading Vision Loss Cause
Health
First US Patient Receives Patient-Derived Implant to Treat a Leading Vision Loss Cause
2022-08-31 20:36:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A surgical team at the National Institutes of Health has successfully implanted a patch of tissue made from the patient’s own cells to treat advanced “dry” age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss among older Americans.Currently... Read More

COVID-19 Third Leading Cause of Death in US in 2020, 2021
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COVID-19 Third Leading Cause of Death in US in 2020, 2021
2022-07-05 17:12:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States between March 2020 and October 2021, according to an analysis of national death certificate data by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. ... Read More

USDA Implements New Framework Focused on Improving Nutrition and Food Security
Food
USDA Implements New Framework Focused on Improving Nutrition and Food Security
2022-06-08 21:24:19
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently working to implement a new framework aimed at transforming food systems, especially for underserved communities. “It’s a new way of thinking about how to transform the food system to meet the... Read More

NIH Chief, Who Led Fight Against COVID, Alzheimer’s and Cancer, Retiring
Health
NIH Chief, Who Led Fight Against COVID, Alzheimer's and Cancer, Retiring
2021-10-05 18:02:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health for 12 years and a key leader in the nation’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, is retiring. Collins, who is 71, said he intends to step down... Read More

NIH Invests $1.67 Million to Study How Vaccines Impact the Menstrual Cycle 
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NIH Invests $1.67 Million to Study How Vaccines Impact the Menstrual Cycle 
2021-09-22 20:45:52
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON -- The NIH recently invested $1.67 million in five institutions to explore the link between COVID-19 vaccines and menstruation changes, as some women are reporting irregular or missing menstrual periods after receiving a vaccine.  Only a few weeks after... Read More

HHS to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for 25,000 Health Care Workers
Health
HHS to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for 25,000 Health Care Workers
2021-08-12 15:45:34
by Dan McCue

The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced that it will require more than 25,000 members of its health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The new mandate applies to staff at the Indian Health Service and... Read More

Genome Sequencing of Newborns Can Save Lives and Lower Medical Costs
Health
Genome Sequencing of Newborns Can Save Lives and Lower Medical Costs
2021-08-04 16:10:21
by Alexa Hornbeck

Over the last decade evidence has shown that whole genome sequencing saves lives, but a new study from researchers in California shows how genome sequencing for newborns in intensive care units can also save money. “We now know there are... Read More

Study: Eating Disorders May Affect Reward Response Within the Brain
Health
Study: Eating Disorders May Affect Reward Response Within the Brain
2021-07-06 13:38:25
by Alexa Hornbeck

Eating disorders can affect the reward response within the brain which may reinforce the eating disorder itself, based on the results of a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health. “The eating disorder behavior sensitizes or desensitizes the... Read More

NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
Research
NIH Says Cannabis Use Could Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Young Adults
2021-06-23 14:20:13
by Brock Blasdell

The National Institutes of Health now believes cannabis use, regardless of frequency, could be associated with increased thoughts of suicide among young adults.  In a study released Tuesday, the finding involving over 280,000 young adults found a statistical association between... Read More

Study: Healthy Diet Before and During Pregnancy Linked to Lower Risk of Complications
Health
Study: Healthy Diet Before and During Pregnancy Linked to Lower Risk of Complications
2021-06-03 12:12:39
by TWN Staff

A healthy diet around the time of conception through the second trimester may reduce the risk of several common pregnancy complications, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. Expectant women in the study who scored high... Read More

Blood Donations Safe Under Current COVID-19 Screening Guidelines
Research
Blood Donations Safe Under Current COVID-19 Screening Guidelines
2021-06-03 12:06:40
by TWN Staff

A new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and their colleagues has found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, does not appear to pose a threat to the safety of the nation’s blood supply.  The analysis,... Read More

Hastings, Buchanan Revive Bipartisan Quest to End Animal Testing
Animal Rights
Hastings, Buchanan Revive Bipartisan Quest to End Animal Testing
2021-03-12 18:37:15
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON – Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., are reviving their quest to establish a National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research and Testing and ultimately curtailing the use of animals in federally funded research.  Their bill, the Humane... Read More

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