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December 2013 Archive

December 23, 2013

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2013 Research Highlights

This week, a special recap of scientific findings published in 2013 by NIH-supported investigators.

December 16, 2013

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Tobacco, Drug Use May Raise Risk of Stillbirth

Smoking tobacco or marijuana, taking prescription painkillers, or using illegal drugs during pregnancy may increase the risk of stillbirth, according to a new study.

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Insights into Brain Injury

New findings provide insight into the damage caused by mild traumatic brain injury and suggest approaches for reducing its harmful effects.

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How Mosquitoes Detect People

Researchers discovered a receptor that mosquitoes use to hone in on human skin. The findings may help guide strategies to control mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit.

December 9, 2013

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Genetic Testing Doesnít Improve Warfarin Dosing

Gene tests don't improve initial dosing of a common blood thinner, a large study finds. The result highlights the importance of using clinical trials to assess how genetics might help optimize therapy.

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Study Reveals New Targets for Parkinsonís Disease

A novel approach identified dozens of genes that may contribute to Parkinsonís disease. The findings may also yield insights into other disorders that involve mitochondria, our cellsí biological power plants.

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Gut Microbes May Affect Cancer Treatment

The effectiveness of certain cancer therapies may depend on microbes that live in the intestine, according to a study in mice. The findings suggest that antibiotics might hinder the effects of cancer therapies.

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Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
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NIH Research Matters is a weekly update of NIH research highlights from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.

This page last reviewed on December 23, 2013

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