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NIDDK News Item

Jul 31, 2014

NIH leaders have announced a new collaborative initiative to improve human health by exploring poorly understood genes that have the potential to be modified by medicines.

NIDDK News Item

Jul 8, 2014

Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to results of an analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of people from three countries. The study, led by researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that people with class III (or extreme) obesity had a dramatic reduction in life expectancy compared with people of normal weight. The findings appeared July 8, 2014, in PLOS Medicine.

NIDDK News Item

Jul 3, 2014

Acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are closely intertwined, with each disease a risk factor for developing the other and sharing other risk factors in common, as well as sharing causes for the diseases to get worse, and outcomes, suggests a comprehensive analysis by scientists at the National Institutes of Health and George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Findings were published July 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

NIDDK News Item

Jul 2, 2014

More than one quarter of children with two copies of a high-risk variant in a specific group of genes develop an early sign of celiac disease called celiac disease autoimmunity (CDA) by age 5. The findings are from The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in Youth consortium, or TEDDY . The National Institutes of Health-funded study, published July 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine , also found that participants in Sweden had higher rates of celiac disease than participants in the United States, Finland and Germany, even with the same genetic risks.

NIDDK News Item

Jul 1, 2014

Half of patients in a trial have safely stopped immunosuppressant medication following a modified blood stem-cell transplant for severe sickle cell disease, according to a study in the July 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The trial was conducted at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, by researchers from NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

NIDDK News Item

Jun 30, 2014

Researchers have developed a new supercooling technique to increase the amount of time human organs could remain viable outside the body. This study was conducted in rats, and if it succeeds in humans, it would enable a world-wide allocation of donor organs, saving more lives.

NIDDK News Item

Jun 15, 2014

People with type 1 diabetes who used a bionic pancreas instead of manually monitoring glucose using fingerstick tests and delivering insulin using a pump were more likely to have blood glucose levels consistently within the normal range, with fewer dangerous lows or highs. The full report of the findings, funded by the National Institutes of Health, can be found online June 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

NIDDK News Item

Jun 10, 2014

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

NIDDK News Item

May 4, 2014

Long-term use of a drug combination reduces the risk of recurrent urinary tract infection by up to 80 percent in children with the urinary condition vesicoureteral compared to placebo, according to research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Results were published online May 4 in theNew England Journal of Medicine External Web Site Policy to coincide with presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

NIDDK News Item

May 3, 2014

Infants with biliary atresia — a rare liver disease — did not benefit from corticosteroid treatment after bile duct surgery and could face more harm, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Results were published online May 3 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting.

NIDDK News Item

Mar 13, 2014

In recognition of World Kidney Day 2014 on March 13, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health remind older Americans about the importance of protecting their kidneys and urge them to better understand the decline of kidney function as people age.

NIDDK News Item

Feb 4, 2014

The National Institutes of Health, 10 biopharmaceutical companies and several nonprofit organizations today launched an unprecedented partnership to transform the current model for identifying and validating the most promising biological targets of disease for new diagnostics and drug development.

NIDDK News Item

Dec 22, 2013

In a 1,300-word article on its front page, the New York Times (12/22, A1, O'Connor, Subscription Publication) reported that an analysis by the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, which was established by the National Institutes of Health, indicated that "dietary supplements account for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries that turn up in hospitals, up from 7 percent a decade ago." The findings "included only the most severe cases of liver damage referred to a representative group of hospitals around the country, and the investigators said they were undercounting the actual number of cases." Some of these patients ultimately need a liver transplant or will die due to liver failure. The article discusses the loosely regulated supplement industry in the US.

NIDDK Newsletter

Features updates on NIH and NIDDK activities, events, NIDDK-specific plans, and trans-NIH issues.

NIDDK News Item

Nov 21, 2013

Even with more prescriptions for growth hormone, children and adolescents with chronic kidney disease were less likely to grow to normal height ranges if they came from lower-income families, according to research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Results from the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) Study are published in the December issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and online today at http://www.ajkd.org.

NIDDK News Item

Nov 14, 2013

Diabetes does not strike a person alone. It strikes families and communities. It strikes our nation and the world. During today’s World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Month this November, we at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, renew our efforts to prevent, manage and one day cure diabetes. As well, we encourage families to take steps to improve their health and work together to fight diabetes and its serious and sometimes fatal consequences.

NIDDK News Item

Nov 12, 2013

A gene variant common in African-Americans predicts that people with that gene who also have chronic kidney disease (CKD) are twice as likely to progress to kidney failure as African-Americans without the high-risk gene and white people with CKD. People with the high-risk gene also tend to lose kidney function at twice the rate of those without the gene, according to the research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

NIDDK News Item

Nov 4, 2013

National Institutes of Health-funded researchers found that adults had significant weight loss three years after bariatric surgery, with the majority losing the most weight during the first year. A separate study in teens found few incidences of complications in the first 30 days after bariatric surgery. These studies are part of the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS) and Teen-LABS. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, defined as having a body mass index or BMI of 30 or higher, and almost 17 percent of youth are also obese. Severe obesity is a BMI of 35 or more in adults and teens. BMI measures weight in relation to height.

NIDDK Newsletter

Features new and updated materials, research updates, and partner highlights.

NIDDK Newsletter

Provides laboratory professionals with the latest in clinical professional news from the National Kidney Disease Education Program’s Laboratory Working Group.

NIDDK Newsletter

Features information on National Diabetes Education Program activities, messages and products.

NIDDK Newsletter

Features NKDEP community activities, tips for talking about kidney health, and materials to use in health education.

NIDDK Newsletter

Features diabetes news and research, and new and updated publications.

NIDDK News Item

Oct 21, 2013

Researchers have begun the first definitive, large-scale clinical trial to investigate if a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in adults who have pre-diabetes andwho are at high risk for developing type 2. Funded by the NIH, the study is taking place at about 20 study sites across the United States.

NIDDK Newsletter

Provides updates with registered dietitians and nutritionists on new diet-related materials and activities, and opportunities to assist NKDEP and its efforts.

NIDDK Newsletter

Features urologic diseases research and news, and new and updated publications.

NIDDK Newsletter

Features kidney disease research and news, and new and updated publications.

NIDDK Newsletter

Features celiac disease news and research, updates on the Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign, and new and updated publications.

NIDDK Newsletter

Features digestive diseases news and research, updates on the Bowel Control Awareness Campaign, and new and updated publications.