NIH study could lead to reversing dementia

ST LOUIS, MO - A study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found a potential method that could prevent and reverse dementia.

The study examined tau proteins, a substance produced in brain cells, and determined that an altered form of DNA can be used to stop the production of the protein. When tau proteins production exceeds a certain level, it causes damage to brain cells that can cause dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“One of the things we found was, when we lowered the amounts of tau in the mouse study, we were able to prevent some of the problems that developed in the animal model,” said Dr. Timothy Miller, a Professor of Neurology at the Washington University of St. Louis.


NIH finds adults suffer hearing loss

BETHESDA -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) have found that approximately a quarter of adults within a certain age range suffer from noise-induced hearing loss.

Results indicate that 24 percent of adults aged 20 to 69 experience hearing loss at high frequencies, in what the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIDCD) terms as a noise notch.

“Of the 24 percent of adults with an audiometric notch suggestive of noise-induced hearing loss, 6 percent had a notch in both ears, and 18 percent had a notch in only one ear,” said Howard Hoffman, a coauthor on the study and director of the NIDCD’s Epidemiology and Statistics Program.


Study shows obese couples have lower fertility rates

BETHESDA – A study at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that obese couples may take longer to achieve pregnancy.

“Obesity is a growing epidemic in United States and other countries. While it is common sense that it takes two to get pregnant, recent research has indicated that the male’s contribution has been overlooked,” Rajeshwari Sundaram, a senior investigator at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, wrote in an email.


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ACLU and county residents join in fight against Trump travel ban


The American Civil Liberties Union and other plaintiffs, including several county residents, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Maryland’s Southern Division against President Donald J. Trump and members of his administration, including Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The suit challenges Trump’s recent travel ban, alleging it is unconstitutional. 

Plaintiffs allege the ban “violates the Constitution - including the First Amendment's prohibition of government establishment of religion and the Fifth Amendment's guarantees of equal treatment under the law - and federal laws,” according to a ACLU news release. 


First Lady Melania Trump settles complaint against local blogger

A lawyer representing first lady Melania Trump said Tuesday his client has reached a settlement involving payment and a retraction with regard to her defamation complaint against a Gaithersburg blogger.

Attorney Matthew Blackett, on behalf of Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, said the first lady had settled the case.

“The First Lady of the United States has settled her lawsuit against Webster Griffin Tarpley of Maryland,” Blackett said. “Mr. Tarpley has issued the attached retraction and apology to Mrs. Trump and her family, and agreed to pay her a substantial sum as a settlement.”


Protests of Trump's immigration ban at Dulles

DULLES – Sunday the message was clear.

“Immigrants are welcome here,” protesters chanted at Dulles International Airport Sunday afternoon.

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order that barred refugees from war-torn Syria and blocked nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Syria for 90 days, people gathered to protest at international airports across the country Sunday.


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NIH study reveals decline in teenage drug use

BETHESDA – Teen drug use has declined for all substances since 2015, according to a new study by the National Institutes of Health.

“What we are seeing this year, which we saw last year, is significant decreases in the patterns of illicit substances across all ages,” said Nora Volkov, director of NIH’s National Institute of Drug Abuse.

The study surveyed eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders in public schools across the contiguous United States on the use and consumption of a variety of substances including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs.


NIH study finds increased death risk for non-frequent smokers

BETHESDA – Even smokers who use fewer than 10 cigarettes per day, or low-frequency smokers, are at a higher risk of death than nonsmokers, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health.

“Our findings indicated that even smoking less than one cigarette per day increased the risk of dying and any smoker, regardless of how few cigarettes they smoke, can benefit from quitting,” said Maki Inoue-Choi, an epidemiologist at NIH’s National Cancer Institute who led the study.


Funds raised to help Israel recover from fires

New York, NY – As Israel recovers from devastating fires during November which destroyed 10,000 acres of land and forests, the charitable non-profit organization Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) announced on Dec. 15 that it raised $6 million to help provide the nation new fire trucks and lifesaving equipment, and will work over the next several years to replenish thousands of lost trees through careful reforestation.