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January 23, 2020

4 important heartburn facts you should know about

Despite what it's called, heartburn—or that burning feeling in your chest—has nothing to do with your heart. Here are four key facts...

John Pandolfino, M.D., is trying to improve treatment for people experiencing heartburn.
January 22, 2020

What’s new in heartburn research?

Working with NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, John Pandolfino, M.D., studies how to improve intestinal pain...

January 21, 2020

Heartburn: What you need to know

Heartburn is a burning feeling in your chest or throat. Despite its name, heartburn actually has nothing to do with your heart. Who...

Courtney Fitzhugh, M.D., is working to expand treatment options for sickle cell patients of all ages.
January 20, 2020

Investigating bone marrow transplants: A cure for some sickle cell disease patients

Sickle cell disease (SCD) specialists have performed bone marrow transplants in children since the 1990s. This procedure is the only cure for SCD...

Sickle Cell Disease
January 15, 2020

From Africa to the U.S.: A young woman’s search for sickle cell disease treatment

"I can't describe the pain," says Yinka. "I had it everywhere in my body—my chest, my back, my face, and even...

Sickle Cell Disease
Russell E. Ware M.D., Ph.D., meets with a young sickle cell patient in Africa.
January 14, 2020

Treating sickle cell disease in children around the world

Russell E. Ware, M.D., Ph.D., had been researching sickle cell disease (SCD) in the U.S. for about 10 years when he...

Sickle Cell Disease
John Tisdale, M.D. (left), and Griffin Rodgers, M.D., lead sickle cell disease research at NIH.
January 13, 2020

Updates from NIH’s sickle cell disease scientists

Many people with sickle cell disease (SCD) are healthier and living longer thanks in part to research led and supported by the National...

Sickle Cell Disease
Dark-rimmed spots on the brain, like this one, may suggest a more severe form of multiple sclerosis and help with early detection.
January 08, 2020

New NIH study may help predict those at risk for severe MS

Researchers may soon be able to look at images of our brains to help diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS) earlier. MS affects more than 2...

Multiple Sclerosis
January 07, 2020

Pregnant women may want to avoid air pollution in days before delivery

Air pollution can cause problems for many people—but it may be especially harmful in pregnant women. National Institutes of Health researchers found that...

Air Pollution
January 06, 2020

Taking a daily aspirin no longer recommended for many older adults

Many people are taking a daily low-dose aspirin even though they don't need to.  New National Institutes of Health-supported research suggests...

Blood Thinners
January 02, 2020

Tonsillitis again? What parents should know

Why do some children get tonsillitis again and again? This common childhood infection is usually caused by a virus that attacks the tonsils,...

Health benefits from walking can start at 4,000 steps a day for some people, according to a new NIH study.
December 30, 2019

Rethinking 10,000 steps

If you have a fitness tracker or use your smartwatch to count your steps, you might be tracking a goal of walking 10,000 steps...

It took Randal and Lisa G. eight months and numerous doctor's visits to get a diagnosis.
December 05, 2019

Searching for words and answers: A couple’s Lewy body dementia experience

Randal G. was always a strong public speaker. "I was a person used to giving an hour-long presentation to 400 people with minimal notes....

Lewy Body Dementia
December 04, 2019

Lewy body dementia: What you need to know

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is one of the most common types of dementia—but also one of the least well-known. The disease affects more...

Lewy Body Dementia