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Newswise: Reaching toward a cure for sickle cell disease
Released: 2-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Reaching toward a cure for sickle cell disease
Case Western Reserve University

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has awarded Case Western Reserve University up to $3.7 million to assess emerging genome-editing based therapies being tested for curing sickle cell disease (SCD) at leading U.S research universities and hospitals. SCD is the most well-known among a group of inherited blood disorders, affecting about 100,000 people in the United States and about 20 million worldwide, according to a 2018 National Institutes of Health (NIH) statement announcing the NHLBI Cure Sickle Cell Initiative.

19-Mar-2020 1:00 PM EDT
National study finds diets remain poor for most American children; disparities persist
Tufts University

A study of national dietary trends over 18 years finds some improvements in the diets of U.S. children, but the majority still have a poor-quality diet. Disparities persisted or even worsened, finds the study published in JAMA and led by researchers at Tufts.

Newswise: Noncitizens are undertreated for heart attack, stroke risk factors
Released: 10-Mar-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Noncitizens are undertreated for heart attack, stroke risk factors
University of Illinois at Chicago

A new study shows that noncitizens in the United States are less likely to receive treatment for cardiovascular disease risk factors when compared with born or naturalized U.S. citizens.

Newswise: Clotting Problem
Released: 9-Mar-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Clotting Problem
University of Delaware

New research into why some people’s blood doesn’t clot well identified defects in the platelet-making process, where mutant cells aren’t behaving properly. Because these cells have a variety of different direction and movement issues, patients will need personalized drug therapies and treatments to treat patient-specific mutations.

4-Mar-2020 4:40 PM EST
Researchers Discover a New Diet-Associated Gut-Microbe Metabolite Linked to Cardiovascular Disease
Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic researchers have identified a gut microbe generated byproduct – phenylacetylglutamine (PAG) – that is linked to development of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke and death. The study was published in Cell today.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 1:55 PM EST
Wayne State University team receives $1.98 million NIH award to develop diagnostic tests for sarcoidosis
Wayne State University Division of Research

With the help of a $1.98 million award from the NIH, Wayne State University researchers are working to develop biomarker technology for identification of biomarkers of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease of unknown causes that affects multiple organs in the body.

2-Mar-2020 1:35 PM EST
New evidence supports ablation for heart failure patients with atrial fibrillation
Mayo Clinic

Only 1 in 13 everyday patients could have participated in a pivotal international clinical trial looking at the use of catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib) among people with heart failure. However, new Mayo Clinic research provides evidence supporting the benefit of ablation, and shows what the outcomes might be for everyday patients. The Mayo study will be published in Heart Rhythm Journal.

24-Feb-2020 10:25 AM EST
Heart Health Problems in Your 20s May Affect Brain Health Decades Later
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Having health issues such as smoking, high cholesterol or a high body mass index (BMI) in your 20s may make you more likely to have problems with thinking and memory skills and even the brain’s ability to properly regulate its blood flow, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

Newswise:Video Embedded revving-up-immune-system-may-help-treat-eczema
Released: 26-Feb-2020 12:15 PM EST
Revving up immune system may help treat eczema
Washington University in St. Louis

Studying eczema, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that boosting the number of natural killer cells in the blood is a possible treatment strategy for the skin condition and also may help with related health problems, such as asthma.

Newswise: Sugary drinks a sour choice for adults trying to maintain normal cholesterol levels
24-Feb-2020 7:55 AM EST
Sugary drinks a sour choice for adults trying to maintain normal cholesterol levels
Tufts University

Adults who drank sugary beverages daily had an increased risk of developing abnormal blood cholesterol and triglycerides compared to those who did not, according to new findings from a prospective study by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

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