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Early-phase trial demonstrates shrinkage in pediatric neural tumors

December 28, 2016 — The drug selumetinib shrunk neural tumors in children with plexiform neurofibromas.

HHS Final Rule and NIH Policy on Clinical Trials Reporting – Dr. Francis Collins, NIH

HHS takes steps to provide more information about clinical trials to the public

September 16, 2016 — The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information for clinical trials involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated drug, biological and device products.

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NCI launches largest-ever study of breast cancer genetics in black women

July 6, 2016 — The Breast Cancer Genetic Study in African-Ancestry Populations initiative is a collaborative research project that will identify genetic factors that may underlie breast cancer disparities. It is the largest study ever to investigate how genetic and biological factors contribute to breast cancer risk among black women.

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Landmark NIH study shows intensive blood pressure management may save lives

September 11, 2015 — Lower blood pressure target greatly reduces cardiovascular complications and deaths in older adults.

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NIH-Backed Study Provides Insight into Genetic Drivers of Melanoma

June 18, 2015 — A comprehensive analysis of the genomes of melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer, has provided new insights into the roles of frequently mutated cancer genes and other genomic alterations that drive the development of this disease.


NCI-MATCH trial will link targeted cancer drugs to gene abnormalities

June 1, 2015 — Study to examine targeted therapies for tumors with specific gene mutations regardless of cancer type.

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NIH-funded study points way forward for retinal disease gene therapy

May 4, 2015 — Benefits for Leber congenital amaurosis peak after one to three years, then diminish.

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Study finds peanut consumption in infancy prevents peanut allergy

February 23, 2015 — An NIH-funded clinical trial compares consumption and avoidance of peanut.

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Eylea outperforms other drugs for diabetic macular edema with moderate or worse vision loss

February 19, 2015 — Lucentis and Avastin perform similarly to Eylea when vision loss is mild, NIH study shows.

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Stem Cell Transplants May Halt Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

December 29, 2014 — An NIH-funded clinical trial yields encouraging early results in some people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, the most common form of MS.

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NIH Begins Early Human Clinical Trial of VSV Ebola Vaccine

October 22, 2014 — Human testing of a second investigational Ebola vaccine candidate is under way at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Research Updates — The Environment and Breast Cancer

October 21, 2014 — In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, NIEHS is highlighting several breast cancer research advances that occurred this year as a result of the Sister Study.

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A Clinical Trial System for the Era of Precision Cancer Medicine

August 7, 2014 — Precision medicine recognizes that each person’s cancer is unique, and that, as much as possible, treatment must be selected based upon the alterations seen in each tumor.

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Telemedicine catches blinding disease in premature babies

June 26, 2014 — Telemedicine is an effective strategy to screen for the potentially blinding disease known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI).

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Study finds stronger nicotine dependency associated with higher risk of lung cancer

June 19, 2014 — People who are highly addicted to nicotine — those who smoke their first cigarette within five minutes after awakening — are at higher risk of developing lung cancer than those who wait for an hour or more to smoke.

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NIH study demonstrates that a new cancer immunotherapy method could be effective against a wide range of cancer

May 8, 2014 — A new method for using immunotherapy to specifically attack tumor cells that have mutations unique to a patient’s cancer has been developed by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Glaucoma drug helps women with blinding disorder linked to obesity

April 22, 2014 — An inexpensive glaucoma drug, when added to a weight loss plan, can improve vision for women with a disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Contacts better than permanent lenses for babies after cataract surgery

March 6, 2014 — For adults and children who undergo cataract surgery, implantation of an artificial lens is the standard of care. But a clinical trial suggests that for most infants, surgery followed by the use of contact lenses for several years — and an eventual lens implant — may be the better solution.

This page last reviewed on January 11, 2017