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June 2012 Archive

June 25, 2012

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The Healthy Human Microbiome

Researchers have mapped the normal bacteria that live in and on the healthy human body. The accomplishment sets the stage for better understanding how bacterial communities affect human health and disease.

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Genetics May Guide Ways to Quit Smoking

Genetic information can help predict whether medications will boost a smokerís odds for quitting. The new finding brings health care providers a step closer to providing individualized treatment plans to help smokers kick the habit.

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Computer Method Predicts Drug Side Effects

Researchers have used computer modeling to predict the side effects of hundreds of medications. The technique could aid in the future development and use of drugs.

June 18, 2012

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Cooling Therapy for Birth Disorder Boosts Later Survival

A treatment that cools the bodies of infants who lack sufficient oxygen at birth brings benefits that last for years, a new study confirms.

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Cystic Fibrosis Therapy Tested in Young Children

A treatment that benefits adults and older children with cystic fibrosis may not help infants and young children with the disease, a new study reports. The finding could slow the adoption of this therapy in younger children.

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Questions About HDL Cholesterol

The effect of "good" cholesterol on cardiovascular disease may be more complicated than previously thought, according to a new analysis. The finding raises questions about how best to lower heart disease risk.

June 4, 2012

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Sigmoidoscopies Decrease Colon Cancer Deaths

Screening using sigmoidoscopy helps prevent colorectal cancer and reduce deaths from the disease, a new study reports.

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Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Risk of Death

Older adults who drink coffee may have a lower risk of death than those who donít drink coffee, according to a new analysis. The finding adds to evidence that coffee drinking may have health benefits.

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Clues to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers may have discovered a mechanism behind the largest known genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer's disease. The finding suggests possible strategies for prevention as well as a potential new drug target.

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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.

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