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Researchers tout vaccine's potential to lower cholesterol

Early cost projections for the newly approved cholesterol-lowering PCSK9 meds from Sanofi/Regeneron and Amgen have predicted the meds will cost providers anywhere between $15 billion and an astronomical $150 billion each year. However, researchers say they are working on a vaccine with the potential to lower high cholesterol in a more cost-effective way.

NIH, Medtronic-backed startup reports mixed Phase II deep brain stimulation data in Alzheimer's

Functional Neuromodulation, a startup backed by Medtronic and the National Institutes of Health, will advance its deep brain stimulation implant into a Phase III trial to treat Alzheimer's disease patients. DBS is a standard treatment for movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, but hasn't been widely applied to other brain disorders.

NIH launches Open Science prize to promote data sharing

The NIH is offering a cash reward to researchers who come up with a plan to advance so-called open science as it part of its continued efforts to encourage data sharing.

Mayo Clinic, Medtronic researchers get $6.8M from NIH for epileptic seizure smart device

Researchers nabbed a $6.8 million, 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop technology to predict, track and treat epileptic seizures. The grant is part of the ongoing BRAIN (Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative launched by President Obama.

NIH's BRAIN initiative, philanthropic Kavli Foundation provide $185M to study brain science

The National Institutes of Health just awarded 67 projects $38 million under its Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, putting its total investment the project at $85 million in FY 2015. More than 130 researchers in 8 countries and the U.S. received the funding. They represent 125 institutions.

Scientists unveil largest human genomic variation database for disease discovery

As scientists explore the genetic underpinnings of disease to help develop new diagnostics and treatments, an NIH-backed team of researchers is creating the world's largest database of human genomic variation aimed at clinical use.

NIH pushes forward in Obama's $215M 'precision medicine' plan

The National Institutes of Health is pressing ahead with plans to gather genetic information on 1 million Americans under President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative, angling to kick off the ambitious project next year.

NIH backs research to put genomic data into electronic medical records

As researchers home in on the genetic underpinnings of disease, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is awarding a dozen grants to scientists who are exploring ways to combine genomic test information with electronic health records to improve care for patients.

NIH study sees little benefit to added fetal ECG monitoring during birth

A new fetal electrocardiogram (ECG) technology designed to be used along with conventional fetal heart rate monitoring contributes little benefit in reducing complications during childbirth, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health.

Northwestern bags $17.5M from NIH to develop implant for delivery of drugs that prevent HIV

Northwestern University announced that it has received a five-year, $17.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study an implantable drug delivery system for the prevention of HIV. It's the latest application of drug delivery to solve the classic medical problem of adherence by developing a device that releases medication in a continuous and controlled manner for up to one year.