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NIH Chief, Who Led Fight Against COVID, Alzheimer's and Cancer, Retiring
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots

The National Institutes of Health plans to begin a clinical trial that aims to help doctors “predict and manage” allergic reactions related to Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said during a Monday... Read More

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Health Official Warns of Botched COVID-19 Management by Trump
2020-05-15 13:07:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A whistleblower on the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus warned Congress Thursday that threats from the disease are greater than most government officials are willing to admit. The pandemic will “get worse and be prolonged” without a better... Read More

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Spanberger Fighting to Strengthen Federal Investment in Cancer and Rare Disease Research
2019-10-22 13:01:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., wants $10 billion allocated to the National Institutes of Health over the next 10 years as a catalyst for medical cures and scientific breakthroughs. The Biomedical Innovation Expansion Act introduced last week by Spanberger... Read More

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