September 13, 2012
No significant difference in asthma control across three approaches to adjust medication dose in mild asthma
A study comparing three common approaches to periodically adjust the dosage of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) for people with mild asthma has found no detectable differences in how often a person’s asthma worsened. The methods examined in this study were a patient-guided modification based on symptoms, an assessment made by an examining physician, or the results of a breath test to measure inflammation.
September 12, 2012
NIH researchers restore children's immune systems with refinements in gene therapy
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that a refined gene therapy approach safely restores the immune systems of some children with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). The rare condition blocks the normal development of a newborn's immune system, leaving the child susceptible to every passing microbe. Children with SCID experience chronic infections, which usually triggers the diagnosis. Their lifespan is two years if doctors cannot restore their immunity.
September 14, 2012
: Circulation Research
On the value of portfolio diversity in heart, lung, and blood research
Zorina S. Galis, Ph.D., W. Keith Hoots, M.D., James P. Kiley, Ph.D., and Michael S. Lauer, M.D., NHLBI
Just as in other fields, scientific diversity has been and continues to be critical for the success of HLB research.
September 14, 2012
: Government Executive Fedblog
What serving America is all about
One especially inspiring moment came near the end of the event, when Dr. Neal Young, chief of the Hematology Branch at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH, discussed his efforts to come up with a new treatment for aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder.
Reducing the Burden of Sickle Cell Disease
Meeting 26-year old Tiffany McCoy, a bubbly and happy mother, you would never know that she has a serious disease. She is one of about 100,000 Americans with sickle cell disease. Read full story of success...
International program expands efforts to improve blood transfusion safety
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has launched an $87.2 million international research program to extend a highly successful program assessing blood banking and transfusion medicine. Research conducted under the seven-year program will focus on improving transfusion benefits and reducing its risks Read full fact sheet...