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The polio-like disease can cause symptoms such as sudden arm or leg weakness.
January 14, 2019

New MedlinePlus topic: Acute flaccid myelitis

Acute flaccid myelitis has made headlines recently, but what exactly is this strange disease that affects children? Using MedlinePlus' new health topic page,...

Acute Flaccid Myelitis
January 14, 2019

NIH collaborates on national limb loss registry

Limb loss is an important medical issue, especially for U.S. military service members. Now the first national database on limb loss is...

Limb Loss
January 14, 2019

HPV vaccine approved for ages 27 to 45

January is Cervical Health Awareness month, and there is good news on the protection front for one cause of cervical cancer: the human...

HPV
January 14, 2019

Help your child through winter ear infections

The onset of winter often means the worst part of cold and flu season, and with that, the dreaded ear infection. An ear...

Ear Infections
NIH-supported researchers are testing a wearable blood pressure monitor. They hope to develop a wireless version, like the one seen here, soon.
January 14, 2019

A wearable blood pressure monitor may be in our future

More and more consumers are using health monitors they can wear. These wearables make it easier for patients to track their own health...

Blood Pressure
January 14, 2019

Restoring beneficial gut bacteria in cancer patients

Could our own bacteria be helpful in cancer treatment? Maybe, say researchers sponsored in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious...

Cancer
January 14, 2019

High blood sugar during pregnancy increases chances of mother’s type 2 diabetes, child’s obesity

A mother's health during pregnancy can have a lasting impact on both her health and that of her child. A new NIH...

Diabetes
Joy Blanc, right, with her family.
January 13, 2019

A family battle with scleroderma

Joy Blanc, 34, lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband and daughter. She was diagnosed with scleroderma and related conditions five...

Scleroderma
Dee Burlile, pictured center with her family, credits her three children with saving her life.
January 13, 2019

Struggling for answers: A patient’s scleroderma journey

It took Dee Burlile four frustrating, painful years to find out that all the symptoms she had been suffering from were the result...

Scleroderma
Carol Feghali-Bostwick, Ph.D. (left) and John Varga, M.D. (right) work with NIH on scleroderma research.
January 13, 2019

What’s new on the horizon for scleroderma?

There may not be a cure yet, but many scleroderma experts are optimistic about ongoing research into new treatments. “Stem cell transplants...

Scleroderma
Scleroderma can lead to painful bumps under the skin, red spots, patches of hard skin, and even digestive problems.
January 13, 2019

Scleroderma: An overview for you

The name scleroderma means "hard skin"—a simple description of a complex disease that causes thick, hard scar tissue to...

Scleroderma
January 13, 2019

5 things to know if you have scleroderma

Maureen Mayes, M.D., is the founder and director of the Scleroderma Clinical and Research Program at the University of Texas Health Science...

Scleroderma
NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is working across NIH to address the opioid crisis.
January 13, 2019

Fighting the opioid crisis: NIH HEAL initiative takes on addiction and pain management

More than 115 Americans die from opioid overdose every day. That's four times higher than the number of opioid overdose deaths that occurred 20...

Opioids
James M. maintains a drug-free lifestyle with support from UTEC, Inc.
January 13, 2019

Renewal and recovery after opioid dependence

For the past six years, James M. was in and out of jail, courtrooms, detox, and halfway houses. "I started using marijuana...

Opioids