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NIH faces massive cuts under Trump budget

BETHESDA -- Under President Trump’s recent budget proposal, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is set to receive a major cut to its annual budget. The proposal reduces the $31.7 billion NIH budget by approximately 18 percent. It also calls for the reorganization and streamlining of the various institutes to…
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Congress struggles to be more HONEST about transparency

CAPITOL HILL – Republicans in Congress are having a second go at a measure they say will increase transparency of federal environmental regulations. On March 29, the House of Representatives voted 228-194 to pass the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act (HONEST Act), which prohibits the Environmental Protection…
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NIH studies alcoholism in young Native Americans

BETHESDA – A study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found effective ways to reduce alcohol use among American Indian and rural youth. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, studied high school students in northeastern Oklahoma and found that two previously designed intervention programs showed a…
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Van Hollen blasts Trump budget cuts

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D)    FILE PHOTO   CAPITOL HILL – Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D) came out strongly against the budget proposal unveiled by President Donald Trump, which features harsh cuts to many federal agencies. In a press conference on Thursday, Van Hollen said the budget blueprint Trump…
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NIH studies cancer in African Americans

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

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…
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NIH study could lead to reversing dementia

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…
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NIH finds adults suffer hearing loss

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…
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Study shows obese couples have lower fertility rates

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…
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