Novel Technique Reduces Obstruction Risk in Heart Valve Replacement

The transcatheter approach increases treatment options for high-risk patients.

Researchers at the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, have developed a novel technique that prevents the obstruction of blood flow, a common fatal complication of transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR).… Read full story

Large Portion of Patients With Mild Persistent Asthma and Low Sputum Eosinophils Respond Equally Well to Inhaled Corticosteroids as Placebo

“Low eosinophil” biomarkers found in nearly three-quarters of people with mild persistent asthma.

A study of nearly 300 patients with mild persistent asthma found that inhaled steroids—long considered the gold standard for asthma treatment—were no more effective than placebo in nearly three-fourths of the study patients, all over age 12.… Read full story

NIH statement on World Asthma Day 2019

On World Asthma Day 2019, the National Institutes of Health stands with patients, families, advocates, researchers and health care professionals around the globe to raise awareness about this common chronic respiratory disease.

In 2016, asthma affected 26 million Americans and nearly 340 million people worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease study.… Read full story