NIH Research Matters
March 2013 Archive
March 25, 2013
The benefits to cardiovascular health that are associated with quitting smoking aren’t blunted by the modest weight gain, a new study found. The research underscores the benefits of putting a stop to smoking.
A new study gives insight into how resveratrol—found in grapes, red wine and nuts—may ward off certain age-related diseases. The findings could help in the development of new treatments.
Scientists discovered a new role for immune cells called microglia in the developing brain. The finding may reveal insights into neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and schizophrenia.
March 18, 2013
Major mental disorders traditionally thought to be distinct share certain genetic glitches, according to a new study. The finding may point to better ways to diagnose and treat these conditions.
Bacterial communities called biofilms can quickly clog medical devices such as stents and catheters by forming 3-dimensional streamers that block flow. The finding will inform future approaches to prevent these deadly clogs.
Researchers gained new insight into how an immune cell involved in several autoimmune disorders is regulated. Among their discoveries was a potential link with salt consumption.
March 11, 2013
Researchers identified several new regions of the human genome associated with age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. The findings may eventually lead to new treatment and prevention approaches.
A new study revealed the patterns of brain activity that produce human speech. This research may one day lead to new methods for treating speech disorders.
The flatworms that cause the tropical disease schistosomiasis can survive inside infected people for decades. The discovery of the stem cells that may be responsible could now lay the groundwork for new strategies to treat the disease.
March 4, 2013
A new study found that middle school students in small towns and rural areas who received brief interventions had lower rates of prescription drug abuse into late adolescence and young adulthood.
Researchers identified a small compound that can boost production of a known tumor-suppressing protein. The finding may improve on current approaches—now in clinical trials—that target this biological pathway.
Scientists successfully identified and grew a renewable population of liver stem cells for the first time, a new study reported. The findings could eventually lead to approaches that help rejuvenate damaged livers in people.
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Harrison Wein, Ph.D., Editor
Vicki Contie, Assistant Editor
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.