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Ease of weight loss influenced by individual biology

NIH study finds varied responses to calorie restriction in obese adults For the first time in a lab, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found evidence supporting the commonly held belief that people with certain physiologies lose less weight than others when limiting calories. Study results published in Diabetes. Researchers at the Phoenix Epidemiology [...]

Experimental Ebola vaccine safe, prompts immune response

Results from US government-sponsored Phase 1 trial of VSV vaccine reported An early-stage clinical trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) found that the vaccine, called VSV-ZEBOV, was safe and elicited robust antibody responses in all 40 of the [...]

Precocious GEM: Shape-shifting sensor can report conditions from deep in the body

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution remote biological sensing that is not possible with current technology. If eventually put into widespread [...]

NIH researchers develop database on healthy immune system

Resource may help identify mechanisms of immune-related diseases An extensive database identifying immune traits, such as how immune cell function is regulated at the genetic level in healthy people, is reported by researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their collaborators in the journal Cell. While many genetic risk factors have been linked [...]

Significant findings in U.S. National Institutes of Health’s trial of pluristem’s PLX-R18 cells for treatment of acute radiation syndrome

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, has announced the positive results of a recently completed trial conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to evaluate PLX-R18 cells to treat bone marrow damaged by exposure to high levels of radiation, such as can occur after a nuclear disaster. Injection [...]