NIH Research Matters
June 2013 Archive
June 24, 2013
A brain imaging technique could help predict whether people with major depression will respond best to treatment with psychotherapy or a commonly prescribed drug.
A less invasive technique delivers genes across the retinas of mouse and monkey eyes. The method might lead to treatments for inherited diseases that cause the retina to degenerate.
Sound-sensitive structures in the inner ear are repaired in a 2-step process. The new findings explain a key step in the maintenance of hearing.
June 17, 2013
A tool used to assess cardiovascular disease risk can gauge stroke risk, according to a large analysis. Even small improvements in lifestyle factors could help prevent strokes.
A smoking-cessation medication can also help lower alcohol craving and dependence. The finding may lead to another treatment option for alcohol problems.
Researchers identified brain circuits responsible for compulsive behaviors in mice. The findings could lead to new approaches for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
June 10, 2013
Adults who eat a more plant-based diet may be boosting their chance of living longer, according to a large analysis.
A new study hints that brain measurements could help to anticipate future abilities in children with autism. The approach might allow for early, personalized interventions.
Scientists discovered how a gene called BACH2 may affect the development of multiple sclerosis, asthma, Crohn's disease, celiac disease and other allergic and autoimmune diseases.
June 3, 2013
A genomic survey of the fungi living on our skin provides a framework for understanding how these microbes contribute to skin health and disease.
Insights into the neural pathway for itchiness may point to new approaches for conditions such as psoriasis, shingles and liver disease.
Researchers used nanoparticles derived from grapefruits to deliver targeted drugs to treat cancer in mice. The technique may prove to be a safe and inexpensive way to make customized therapies.
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