NIH Research Matters
December 17, 2012
Two new studies show the potential of a genomic technique to help spot abnormalities in fetuses that conventional methods canít. The technology might allow better planning for early interventions and prevention of stillbirth.
Older adults are more likely than younger ones to perceive dishonest faces as trustworthy, according to a study of social judgments and brain activity. The findings may help explain why older people are more likely to fall victim to fraud.
A study in mice suggests that new heart cells arise from pre-existing heart cells and that the renewal process slows with age. The findings may lead to improved regenerative therapy for people with heart damage.
December 10, 2012
Scientists were able to forecast seasonal flu outbreaks using an approach common to weather prediction. The accomplishment lays the groundwork for systems to help public officials better predict and prepare for outbreaks.
Researchers identified genetic regions that predispose Asian women whoíve never smoked to lung cancer. The finding provides evidence that lung cancer between smokers and never-smokers can differ on a fundamental level.
A small region of the rat brain seems to control whether certain habits will continue or be replaced by new habits, according to a new study. The finding offers insights into the brain circuitry that creates and manages our habits.
December 3, 2012
A little physical activity can go a long way toward extending your life, regardless of your weight, a new study found.
An experimental trial showed that gene therapy can be performed safely in the human salivary gland. The accomplishment may one day lead to treatments for head and neck cancer survivors who battle with chronic dry mouth.
Researchers devised a way to successfully treat symptoms resembling multiple sclerosis in a mouse model. With further development, the technique might be used to treat multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders.
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