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Study strengthens link between diet and heart disease

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BETHESDA – The National Institutes of Heath, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and researchers at Tufts University have finally identified the number of Americans who die from heart illnesses linked to what they eat.

The joint study attributed about half of all deaths in the United States to heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

Of all the 702,308 adult deaths attributed to heart disease, 45 percent were linked to diet.

“This study established the number of deaths among Americans that could be attributed to an unhealthy diet,” said Dr. David Goff, director of Cardiovascular Sciences at NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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NIH studies cancer in African Americans

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BETHESDA – The National Institutes of Health has launched a study to examine incidence rates among African-American cancer survivors.

“What we saw was that African-Americans were experiencing higher cancer incidents than any other racial/ethnic group,” said Dr. Joanne Elena, a program director overseeing the study at NIH’s National Cancer Institute.

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NIH begins trials on blanket vaccine for mosquito-borne diseases

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BETHESDA -- Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have begun human trials to test a vaccine that is designed to protect against mosquito-borne diseases.

“A single vaccine capable of protecting against the scourge of mosquito-borne diseases is a novel concept that, if proven successful, would be a monumental public health advance,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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Educators, industry leaders and parents talk science

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SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County’s educators, industry leaders, and parents gathered Sunday to discuss expanding science engagement in and outside the public education system.

“People who are involved in their companies, we created an opportunity to meet one another, I think that was the prime motivator for most people who would be here today,” said County Council member Hans Riemer (D-At-Large) who was the organizer of the event.

The first ever Montgomery County STEM Summit took place at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Speakers included representatives from Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery County Public Libraries, and numerous locally-based science or tech industry businesses and non-profits.

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NIH study could lead to reversing dementia

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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.

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NIH finds adults suffer hearing loss

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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.

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Study shows obese couples have lower fertility rates

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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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County residents participate in MLK community service

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Addressing an audience in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, what are you doing for others?” Over the holiday weekend commemorating the civil rights leader’s birth, Montgomery County residents answered that question by participating in a variety of community service activities.

Shernette Hall, a local teacher, recruited volunteers from her Meetup groups to serve brunch at the Children’s Inn at NIH on Sunday morning.

“I thought this would be a nice thing to do for sick children and their families,” said Hall, who volunteers at a variety of different events throughout the year. “MLK gave back to other people, and I like to follow his example.”

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Maryland's Harris meets with Trump - perhaps about NIH post

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WASHINGTON - Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, who reportedly is in the running to head the National Institutes of Health, met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York on Wednesday.

Harris, the lone Republican in Maryland’s congressional delegation, is also the only member of Congress to have conducted NIH-funded research.

The Johns Hopkins-educated anesthesiologist’s name has been tossed around for weeks as the possible new director of the medical research center in Bethesda, which has about 18,000 employees in the state.

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NIH study reveals decline in teenage drug use

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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.

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