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Vikki Owens with her spin instructor.
September 18, 2018

Fighting Fibromyalgia with Complementary Health and NIH

“I’m a fibro fighter.” That is how 61-year-old Vikki Owens of Seattle, Wash., describes her 25-year battle to manage...

Fibromyalgia
September 18, 2018

A Silent Killer: Exploring the Impact of Deep Vein Blood Clots

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots happen when blood thickens...

Deep Vein Thrombosis
September 18, 2018

Managing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

A family member, friend, co-worker, or neighbor: You probably know someone with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). As many as 5 million women in the...

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
September 14, 2018

Keeping Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

A Recent NIH study found teens were more likely than older drivers to crash within the first three months of getting their driver...

Teen Health
September 14, 2018

Bad Sleeping Patterns Early in Life May be Linked to Future Health Problems

Could adolescents who don’t get enough sleep be setting the stage for heart-related health risks later in life? That’s...

Healthy Sleep
The trial is one of the first large-scale studies aiming to personalize cancer treatment.
September 14, 2018

Most Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer Don’t Need Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is one of the cornerstones of modern day cancer treatment. But in some cases, it may not be essential to treatment success. ...

Breast Cancer
September 14, 2018

What’s New in Fibromyalgia Research?

Researchers at NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases ...

Fibromyalgia
September 14, 2018

Fibromyalgia: What You Need to Know

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but it typically won’t get worse over time. Patients who learn to manage their symptoms...

Fibromyalgia
Nicole Strayhorn with her dad.
September 14, 2018

Pushing Through Life with PCOS

Nicole Strayhorn was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) at age 14. After years of struggling with the syndrome, Nicole, now 28, is managing her...

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Louis DePaolo, Ph.D., leads infertility research support at NICHD.
September 14, 2018

NIH Research Looks Around the World for Clues to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Iceland may be key to helping us understand how and why women get polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Researchers, with support from the Eunice...

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
September 14, 2018

NIH Studies Explore Intersection of Art, Music, and Health

Though funding opportunities supported by NIH and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of Sound Health were just announced, separate...

Palliative Care, Healthy Aging, Child Development, Sound Health
National Institute of Mental Health researcher David Jangraw, Ph.D. (left), reviews brain scans with Renée Fleming at NIH.
September 14, 2018

How Singing Affects Our Brain

In 2017, soprano Renée Fleming took part in a remarkable experiment as part of NIH’s Sound Health initiative. She...

Sound Health
NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. and Renée Fleming perform at NIH’s 2017 Sound Health event.
September 14, 2018

NIH-Kennedy Center Initiative Explores ‘Music and the Mind’

Can music help us learn? Can it ease chronic pain? Can it improve your health in general? These are important questions being studied...

Sound Health
Renée Fleming
September 14, 2018

The Power of Music

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. She’s thrilled audiences around the world in...

Sound Health
Michael Morizio during a trip to Abruzzo, Italy.
September 14, 2018

Struggling to Breathe: A Battle with Deep Vein Thrombosis

Michael Morizio knows how quickly life can change.  In August 2017, Michael was playing the kind of competitive tennis he had enjoyed for...

Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism
Leading vascular researcher Thomas Wakefield, M.D., performs surgery.
September 14, 2018

NIH Searches for Improved Blood Clot Treatment and Diagnosis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 900,000 people each year will develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism ...

Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism
Andrei Kindzelski, M.D., Ph.D., is the program director in the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources at NHLBI.
September 14, 2018

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolisms: An Overview

We've compiled a list of symptoms, causes, and treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms with information from MedlinePlus and the...

Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism
September 14, 2018

New NIH Study Zeroes in on Prostate Cancer in African-American Men

Fifteen percent of African-American men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. They’re also more likely to be diagnosed with...

Prostate Cancer
September 13, 2018

Here’s a Health Tip: Sign Up for the My MedlinePlus Newsletter

Check your inbox every Wednesday for a new newsletter from MedlinePlus and the National Library of Medicine. My MedlinePlus is a weekly newsletter...

MedlinePlus
HerbList™ app shown on a mobile phone.
September 13, 2018

What’s in that Supplement? Ask the HerbList App

Wandering down the vitamin aisle and have questions about a supplement? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has an app for that....

Dietary Supplements
September 13, 2018

Falling Back: Seasonal Affective Disorder

This November most of us will turn back the clocks as daylight savings time ends, a sign that winter, cooler temperatures, and shorter...

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Shingles is a painful rash on the skin that comes from the same virus that causes chickenpox.
September 13, 2018

New Shingles Vaccine Over 90% Effective

Recently, shingles has made headlines because of a new vaccine that was approved in 2017: the recombinant zoster vaccine, or Shingrix.  According to...

Shingles
NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. (left center), and Renée Fleming (right center) perform at NIH’s 2017 Sound Health event with other event leaders.
September 13, 2018

Music and the Mind: NIH Event Explores How Sound Impacts Our Health

This September, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) welcomed leading musicians, researchers, and guests from around the country to the John F. Kennedy...

Sound Health
September 13, 2018

5 Ways to Manage Your Fibromyalgia

Lifestyle changes and self care are critical to improving your quality of life with fibromyalgia. We asked two top fibromyalgia experts and NIH...

Fibromyalgia
BJ Pessia has battled RA for 24 years.
July 13, 2018

Reaching New Heights with Joint Disease

BJ Pessia is a jack of all trades and master of all. A real estate agent, carpenter, painter, landscaper, ski instructor, soccer coach,...

Rheumatoid Arthritis
July 13, 2018

One Day at a Time: Living with an Unpredictable Disease

Kim Bench likes routines. Every morning, she gets out of bed, does her stretches, and makes breakfast. That is, if she is feeling...

Multiple Sclerosis
3D print of influenza virus. The virus surface (yellow) is covered with proteins called hemagglutinin (blue) and neuraminidase (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells.
July 13, 2018

Study Offers Clues for Improving Seasonal Flu Vaccine

The 2017-2018 flu season was rougher than most. During peak flu activity in February, more than 10 percent of deaths in the U.S....

Flu Shot
July 13, 2018

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Understanding a Difficult Joint Disease

When you hear about someone who has arthritis, you might think of an older person with pain or stiffness in his or her...

Rheumatoid Arthritis
July 13, 2018

Multiple Sclerosis: What You Need to Know

What is MS? Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). A...

Multiple Sclerosis
July 12, 2018

Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe this Summer

MedlinePlus and NIH offer lots of information online to help. We've summarized some helpful highlights to get you started. Sun Exposure and...

Sun Exposure
Student speaks at a Science Day Q&A session.
July 12, 2018

Inspiring the Next Generation at NIH’s Science Day

Nearly 500 students from 11 Washington, D.C.-area schools recently attended “Science Day at NIH” on the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...

NIH Highlights
David C. Goff Jr., M.D., Ph.D. is director of the division of cardiovascular sciences at NHLBI.
July 12, 2018

Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines: Lifestyle Changes are Key

Nearly 86 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure. (Blood pressure over 140/90 is traditionally defined as high blood pressure.) The condition,...

Blood Pressure
July 12, 2018

Extending Cancer Survival in Young Patients

Early results from a clinical trial show that a new drug may extend survival for cancer patients with a specific type of cancer....

Cancer
Researchers at NIH and around the country are working to improve prosthetic limbs for patients.
July 12, 2018

Bringing Prosthetic Hands to Life

NIH is improving prosthetic, or artificial, limbs so that they can work better and feel more natural to patients. Using vibrations and a...

NIH Highlights
July 12, 2018

Know the Difference: Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis?

Wondering if you have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis? Review the overviews below from MedlinePlus and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and...

Rheumatoid Arthritis
July 12, 2018

Getting a Kidney Transplant: What You Need to Know

In the U.S., an estimated 14 percent of the population has chronic kidney disease, and roughly 661,000 Americans have kidney failure. Of these, 468,000 people...

Kidney Transplant
Alison Lee was diagnosed with lupus at 16 years old.
July 12, 2018

A Patient’s Kidney Transplant Journey

Alison Lee is a fighter. She has fought lupus, kidney failure, and cancer—all in just 35 short years. Alison was diagnosed with...

Kidney Transplant
Shown here is a pseudo-colored scanning electron micrograph of an oral squamous cancer cell (white) being attacked by two cytotoxic T cells (red), part of a natural immune response.
July 12, 2018

Fighting Cancer: Ins and Outs of Immunotherapy

Cancer can play a cat and mouse game with our immune systems, hiding cells and making it harder to fight off the disease. ...

Cancer, Immunotherapy
All of Us Research Program
July 12, 2018

Help the Future of Research with All of Us

By gathering health information from people all over the country, All of Us will serve as a national resource to inform thousands of...

NIH Highlights
July 12, 2018

New Blood Pressure Guidelines: What You Need to Know

Making sense of your blood pressure reading can be tricky, but we’ve broken it down to help you better understand what...

Blood Pressure
John O’Shea, M.D., is the scientific director at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
July 11, 2018

Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis: Search for a Cure

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a tricky disease. No one knows what causes it, but while there isn’t yet a cure for...

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dorry Segev, M.D., Ph.D., pictured at right, is working on multiple NIH-funded studies on organ transplantation.
July 11, 2018

Improving Organ Donation for All

Dorry Segev, M.D., Ph.D., is a leader in the field of organ transplantation. The Johns Hopkins University surgeon and research chair...

Kidney Transplant
July 11, 2018

DASH: Eat Your Way to Lower Blood Pressure

What is DASH? DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This eating plan is based on research studies sponsored by the National...

Blood Pressure, DASH Eating Plan
July 10, 2018

Are you Getting Enough Sleep?

Just one more minute. Sleep is something that’s vital to keep our bodies working properly. Getting enough sleep at the right...

Sleep
Daniel Reich, M.D., Ph.D. (standing) listens to team members at NIH.
July 09, 2018

Uncovering the Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis

An estimated 2.3 million people worldwide live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a hard-to-predict disease of the central nervous system. MS gets in...

Multiple Sclerosis
Host Matt Iseman on the set of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.
July 09, 2018

Matt Iseman: Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior

Matt Iseman was trained as a doctor, but he is known to many as a comic, first winner of the “New Celebrity...

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Jimmy Luis Gomez, better known as Taboo.
April 25, 2018

Translating Music into Hope

Grammy Award winning musician Jimmy Luis Gomez, better known as Taboo, has been thrilling audiences for years as a member of the hit...

Cancer
April 25, 2018

10 NIH Research Highlights

At any given time, NIH is funding thousands of research studies and clinical trials across the U.S. Some studies have developed easier...

NIH Research
April 24, 2018

Caregiving: It Takes a Village

Do you remind a family member or friend to take a life-saving medication each day? Do you spend time helping a disabled neighbor...

Caregivers
April 24, 2018

Palliative Care: A Spectrum of Support

When we think of caregiving, we often think of helping elderly family members or friends. But many people—old, young, and in...

Palliative Care
April 24, 2018

Finding Better and More Personalized Ways to Diagnose Cancer at NIH

Cancer treatment is constantly evolving and so are the detection tools that help diagnose it. The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Diagnosis...

Cancer
Marguerite E. O’Haire, Ph.D., is studying how service dogs can help veterans.
April 24, 2018

Ruff! Are Pets Good for our Health?

Guinea pigs, fish, dogs, and horses: What do these animals have in common? They may have an impact on our health. Since 2008, NIH...

NIH Highlights
April 24, 2018

Racing Against Lung Cancer

In early 2016, Rhode Island resident Ted Simon had a tickle in his throat that wouldn’t go away. When the tickle turned...

Cancer
Marguerite and David Kaye on a recent vacation.
April 24, 2018

A Couple’s Caregiving Journey

David Kaye never thought anything could hurt him. He spent 25 years in the Army as a Green Beret and served three tours of...

Caregivers
Brianna Parker has used therapy and self-care to deal with the traumatic stress following 9/11.
April 24, 2018

Confronting 9/11 Trauma from Childhood into Adulthood

Brianna Parker was across the street from the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, when two airplanes flew directly into the...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
April 24, 2018

Eyes May be ‘Windows to the Brain’ in Stroke Patients

Our eyes can tell us a lot about our health. They can help health care providers diagnose things like diabetes, genetic disorders, and...

Stroke
April 24, 2018

Brain Scan Technology Extends Treatment Window for Stroke

Some stroke patients may be able to receive effective treatment later than originally thought—up to 16 hours after a stroke happens&mdash...

Stroke
April 24, 2018

CancerSEEK: Blood Test Could Detect Cancer Earlier

An early and correct cancer diagnosis gives patients the best chances for successful treatment. One step toward an earlier diagnosis could be a...

Cancer
April 24, 2018

A Closer Look at Cancer Imaging Tools

Imaging procedures create pictures of areas inside your body that help your health care provider see whether cancer is present. They can also...

Cancer
April 24, 2018

Pediatric Palliative Care Resources for You

Dealing with a serious illness can be overwhelming, especially when it involves a child. NIH is here to help. The National Institute of...

Palliative Care
April 24, 2018

Advance Care Plan: A Checklist for the Future

Do you and your loved ones have an advance care plan? An advance care plan spells out decisions you'd like to make...

Caregivers
April 24, 2018

2-D or 3-D Mammography?: The Future of Breast Cancer Detection

A new trial may be the answer for finding breast cancer in women who don’t have symptoms. The trial will test...

Cancer
April 24, 2018

Depression, Guilt, Anger: Know the Signs of PTSD

People who experience traumatic situations react in different ways. In general, people often have recurring thoughts about what happened. You may feel...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
April 24, 2018

PTSD: Recovery and Treatment

Not everyone who lives through a dangerous event develops post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, most people will not develop the disorder. Knowing...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
April 24, 2018

Preventing Pregnancy with a Gel for Men?

This June the largest effort in the U.S. to test a new hormonal male contraceptive starts—with support from NIH. Contraceptives...

Pregnancy
April 24, 2018

Fighting the Flu with a Universal Vaccine

After a serious 2017–2018 flu season, development of a universal vaccine has become more important than ever. Seasonal flu (or influenza) vaccines are...

Flu Shot
April 24, 2018

Combating HIV/AIDS

Even though the number of AIDS-related deaths worldwide has dropped dramatically—by nearly 50 percent since 2005—1 million people still died from AIDS-...

AIDS, HIV
April 24, 2018

Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the Unhealthy

We hear about cholesterol in the news, in diets, and on advertisements. But what exactly is it? Cholesterol is a type of fat...

Cholesterol
Leeza Gibbons
April 23, 2018

Caregiving Isn’t a Solo Sport

Leeza Gibbons is a leading TV talk show host, entertainment reporter, and best-selling author, but she has another role: caregiver. Gibbons cared for...

Caregivers
April 23, 2018

Traumatic Stress: New Roads to Recovery

We hear about traumatic or life-threatening events on the news all the time. They can include large events such as natural disasters and...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Surgeon General and Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., meets with NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., at NIH.
April 17, 2018

Surgeon General Outlines Opioid Plan

This February U.S. Surgeon General and Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., discussed his priorities for public health...

Opioid Abuse and Addiction
John Tisdale, M.D. helps lead NIH's Clinical Center sickle cell disease research.
January 25, 2018

From Bench to Bedside: Researchers of NIH’s Clinical Center

NIH’s Clinical Center is divided into two parts. One side is a hospital for patients. The other side includes offices and...

Sickle Cell Disease
Marty Katz battled a C-diff infection in April 2017.
January 25, 2018

Battling C. Difficile: Don’t Delay

When Marty Katz returned from a vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in April 2017, he didn’t feel well. He had diarrhea and...

Antibiotic Resistance
Deidra Flowers-Williams
January 25, 2018

A Path to Hope for Sickle Cell Disease

Deidra Flowers-Williams realized in elementary school that she couldn’t do the same things as other kids her age. She was diagnosed...

Sickle Cell Disease
January 25, 2018

Exercise Key to Keeping Weight Off

Losing weight is not easy but keeping it off can prove even harder. NIH researchers are studying ways to keep lost weight off...

Weight Control
Melanie Modlin had knee surgery in 2017.
January 25, 2018

Keys to Recovery after Knee Replacement Surgery

Melanie Modlin, 62, had total knee replacement last June. Her number one question after surgery was, “When am I going to feel normal...

Knee Replacement
January 25, 2018

Testing Malaria-Resistant Mosquitoes

Malaria is a serious disease that affects 200 million people every year and is found in tropical areas of the world. Malaria kills...

Malaria
January 25, 2018

Can Potassium Help Your Heart?

Potassium is a mineral in your body that helps your nerves and muscles work. A recent study provides early evidence that increased potassium...

Cardiovascular Disease
January 25, 2018

Leading Antimicrobial Drug-Resistant Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is supporting research on several organisms that have developed resistance to antimicrobial drug treatment. ...

Antibiotic Resistance
The NIH Clinical Center is at the forefront of developing treatments for deadly and damaging diseases.
January 25, 2018

What Happens at the ‘House of Hope’?

The NIH Clinical Center is the largest clinical research hospital in the country. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, the center supports NIH doctors and...

NIH Highlights
Sickle-shaped cells are not flexible and can stick to vessel walls, causing a blockage.
January 25, 2018

Sickle Cell Disease: What You Should Know

What is it? Sickle cell disease is a group of red blood cell disorders passed by genes from parents to their children. People...

Sickle Cell Disease
Human made parts relieve pain and help the joint work better.
January 25, 2018

Joint Replacement Surgery: What you Need to Know

Joint replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a joint. It replaces them with new, human-made parts. Joints may need to be...

Knee Replacement
W. Keith Hoots, M.D.
January 25, 2018

Step Inside NIH’s Sickle Cell Branch

W. Keith Hoots, M.D., is the director of the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources at NIH’s National Heart, Lung,...

Sickle Cell Disease
January 25, 2018

Achoo! Cold, Flu, or Something Else?

Winter and early spring typically bring colds, the flu, and allergies—though they can occur at any time of the year. Determining...

January 25, 2018

NIH Teams with Public Libraries for ‘All of Us’ Research Program

NIH is coming to a library near you. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has teamed up with NIH’s All of...

NIH Highlights
January 25, 2018

Gum Disease by the Numbers

Gum (or periodontal) disease is one of the leading threats to dental health. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits...

Gum Disease
January 25, 2018

Exploring Graphic Medicine

What’s funny about being sick? Most of the time, nothing. But some people are finding a way to share their experiences...

NIH Highlights
January 25, 2018

The End of Antibiotics?

"If you are given antibiotics, you will kill all the sensitive bacteria. Most of the ones that will survive will be the...

Antibiotic Resistance
January 24, 2018

Basic Research Tackles Drug-Resistant Bacteria

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invests in basic research to understand the biology of microbes, their behavior, and how...

Antibiotic Resistance, NIH Research
Kirti Dasu underwent gene therapy at NIH.
January 24, 2018

Is a Widely Available Cure for Sickle Cell Disease on the Horizon?

When the pain from sickle cell disease became too much, Kirti Dasu often went to the nearest hospital emergency room. Those days are...

Sickle Cell Disease
January 24, 2018

Beyond Pain Relief: Total Knee Replacement Surgery

With total knee replacement surgery, researchers are looking beyond simply reducing pain. The hope is to return patients to the same high level...

Knee Replacement
Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons on the set of The Big Bang Theory.
January 24, 2018

TV Star Jim Parsons Shines Light on NIH Research

'First in Human,' a three-part documentary series from the Discovery Channel, follows four patients at NIH’s Clinical Center, also known as...

NIH Highlights
January 24, 2018

Clinical Trials and You

When you volunteer to take part in clinical research, you help doctors and researchers learn more about disease and improve health care for...

Clinical Trials, NIH Research
October 14, 2017

Going Gluten-Free: Life With Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a digestive condition and autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine. Celiac disease can also affect the body outside the...

Celiac Disease
October 14, 2017

Breathtaking: Managing a COPD Diagnosis

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It’s also known as...

COPD
October 14, 2017

Expanding Hearing Health Care

“What’s that you said?” Perhaps you’ve heard yourself say those words more often than you’d...

Hearing Disorders and Deafness
Rashad Jennings performs with partner Emma Slater.
October 14, 2017

Outrunning Asthma

National Football League (NFL) running back and reigning “Dancing with the Stars” champion Rashad Jennings battled childhood asthma with grit and...

Asthma
October 13, 2017

New Treatment Approved for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), approximately 15 percent of...

Breast Cancer
October 13, 2017

Solving the Undiagnosed Disease Puzzle at NIH

Mystery illnesses are not just fodder for television. There are real, undiagnosed illnesses that are important to solve for public health. One way...

NIH Highlights
October 13, 2017

What Happens at NIH’s ‘House of Hope’?

“First in Human," a new documentary series from the Discovery Channel, follows four patients at NIH’s Clinical Center, also...

NIH Highlights