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January 2013 Archive

January 28, 2013

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Early Autism May Not Last a Lifetime

A new study found that some children correctly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders at an early age may lose symptoms as they grow older. Further research may help scientists develop more effective interventions.

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Genes, Junk Food and Weight

Why do some people gain weight more easily than others? A study of mice eating the mouse equivalent of a fast-food diet gives insight into how genetics can influence obesity.

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New Drug Effective Against MRSA in Mice

Scientists identified an effective new drug for mice with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an infection that's very hard to treat. The findings may lead to new ways to treat people with the resistant bacteria.

January 14, 2013

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Therapy Shows Promise for Peanut Allergy

An experimental therapy for people with peanut allergy can reduce their sensitivity to peanuts, a new study found. With further development, the technique could make life easier for those whose only current option is to avoid peanut products.

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Implanted Defibrillators Boost "Real World" Survival

A new study linked implanted cardiac devices to improved survival rates, whether or not patients were participating in a carefully controlled clinical trial.

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Protein Linked to Atopic Dermatitis

A study in mice suggests that lack of a certain protein may trigger atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema. The finding may lead to improved treatment options for people.

January 7, 2013

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2012 Research Highlights

A special recap of scientific findings published in 2012 by NIH-supported investigators.

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