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Opioids, like fentanyl and oxycodone, are often prescribed for severe pain and can be highly addictive.
March 16, 2021

NIH study links opioids to pregnancy loss

A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that women who use opioids while trying to conceive...

Opioids, Pregnancy
Once the body fights off a virus, like a cold, it retains some disease-fighting cells.
February 11, 2021

Could a cold teach your body to fight COVID-19?

The common cold is caused by viruses in the same family as those that cause COVID-19. Now, a recent study...

COVID-19

Unique
December 24, 2020

How we remember may come down to unique firing patterns in our brains

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, the nation's largest research hospital, have discovered more clues...

Memory
In this image of human cells, the bright dots show ANA, a type of antibody.
December 15, 2020

Autoimmunity in adolescents tripled in recent decades

Autoimmunity, which is when the immune system attacks the body instead of protecting it against disease, appears to be rising...

Autoimmune Disorders

For women with high-risk breast cancer, physical activity is linked to longer survival and a lower risk of their cancer returning.
December 10, 2020

NIH breast cancer research roundup

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) helps fund thousands of studies nationwide to better understand and treat breast cancer, which will...

Breast Cancer
Researchers followed more than 4,000 African American men and women over 15 years.
December 01, 2020

African Americans can significantly cut stroke risk by quitting smoking

African Americans are already almost twice as likely as whites to die from stroke. Now, new research finds that African...

Stroke

Providing resources to opioid overdose patients in the ER can help reduce the risk of death by overdose or suicide.
November 26, 2020

ER visits for drug overdose may raise risk of later death

People treated in the emergency room (ER) for an opioid overdose are 100 times more likely to die by drug overdose...

Opioid Overdose
A cell (green) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple).
October 13, 2020

Cancer medicine may help treat COVID-19 breathing problems

Early data from a small clinical study led by National Cancer Institute researchers found that a cancer medicine may help...

COVID-19

 A Mediterranean-style diet, which includes nuts, vegetables, and fish, may help slow brain function decline.
September 16, 2020

Diets rich in fish and vegetables may boost your brain power

Kale and salmon, anyone? The foods you choose for meals and snacks may help you build a stronger body and...

Diets
For older adults, irregular sleep could lead to health problems like heart disease.
September 10, 2020

Bad sleep patterns could up the risk of heart disease in older adults

Getting different amounts of sleep each night or sleeping during the day instead of at night is called irregular sleep or...

Healthy Sleep