Body support device helps people learn to walk again after a stroke, trauma

West Lafayette, Indiana - A Purdue University researcher with a passion to use engineering technology to improve health care has created a weight support system to help people suffering from walking disabilities after a stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, and it is the leading cause of disability in older adults.

Experimental nasal influenza vaccine tested in kids, teens

St. Louis, Missouri - An early-stage clinical trial testing the safety and immune-stimulating ability of an experimental nasal influenza vaccine in healthy 9- to 17-year-old children and teens has begun enrolling participants at a Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) site at Saint Louis University, Missouri. The VTEU is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

NIH research program to explore the transition from acute to chronic pain

Washington, DC - The National Institutes of Health has launched the Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures (A2CPS) program to investigate the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain. The effort will also seek to determine the mechanisms that make some people susceptible and others resilient to the development of chronic pain. A2CPS is part of the NIH-wide HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, an aggressive, trans-NIH effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis.

NIH and Children’s National partner to advance pediatric clinical research

Washington, DC - The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Children’s National Health System, a pediatric academic medical center in Washington, D.C., have launched a clinical research partnership devoted to treating and preventing allergic, immunologic and infectious diseases in children. An inaugural symposium will take place at Children’s National on September 17, to highlight the partnership and discuss current and future directions for its research activities.

Eat Healthy, Be Active

Yuma, Arizona - Have you ever been asked by a doctor or health care provider to lower how much salt, fat, or added sugars you eat? On Saturday, September 15th, the Main Library will host “Eat Healthy, Be Active” at 10:00 a.m. Melissa Wyatt, Yuma County Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Agent for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, will discuss using a variety of spices to add flavor while reducing salt, fat and added sugars.