Press Releases & News Articles: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Copyright 2014, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/press_releases/index.htm en Press Release Saturday Sunday http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Strengthening the immune system’s fight against brain cancer http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_fight_against_brain_cancer_03182015.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_fight_against_brain_cancer_03182015.htm When cancer strikes, it may be possible for patients to fight back with their own defenses, using a strategy known as immunotherapy. According to a new study published in Nature, researchers have found a way to enhance the effects of this therapeutic approach in glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain cancer, and possibly improve patient outcomes. The research was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) as well as the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which are part of the National Institutes of Health. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EDT Study reveals how genetic changes lead to familial Alzheimer’s disease http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_familial_alzheimers_disease_03112015.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_familial_alzheimers_disease_03112015.htm Mutations in the presenilin-1 gene are the most common cause of inherited, early-onset forms of Alzheimer’s disease. In a new study, published in Neuron, scientists replaced the normal mouse presenilin-1 gene with Alzheimer’s-causing forms of the human gene to discover how these genetic changes may lead to the disorder. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EDT Brain Awareness Week Teaches Children How Their Brains Work http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_BAW_03052015.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_BAW_03052015.htm A celebration of the 16th annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), a worldwide campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, will take place March 16-20, 2015, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST Scientists map memorable tunes in the rat brain http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_memorable_brain_tunes_03032015.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_memorable_brain_tunes_03032015.htm Lights, sound, action: we are constantly learning how to incorporate outside sensations into our reactions in specific situations. In a new study, brain scientists have mapped changes in communication between nerve cells as rats learned to make specific decisions in response to particular sounds. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST NIH-funded research lays groundwork for next-generation prosthetics http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_haptix_darpa_02092015.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_haptix_darpa_02092015.htm Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President’s BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and will build on the fundamental discoveries that were made possible by NIH funding. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST Paramedics may be first line of treatment for stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_paramedics_stroke_02042015.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_paramedics_stroke_02042015.htm There is no time to waste when it comes to stroke. The more time that passes between stroke onset and treatment, the worse the outcome is for the patient. A study designed to test the benefits of early administration of magnesium sulfate suggests that stroke patients may not have to wait until they get to the hospital for treatment — paramedics may be able to start therapy as soon as stroke is suspected. Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST New members selected for National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_nands_council_01292015.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_nands_council_01292015.htm Five prominent individuals from the neuroscience community have joined the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST Diaper compound may expand power of microscopes http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_expansion_microscopy_01232015.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_expansion_microscopy_01232015.htm Pour, mix, set, add water and voila: highly detailed images of the inside of cells. A study, partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), showed that a modified form of the superabsorbent chemical used in disposable diapers can expand brain structures to four and a half times their original size. The process called expansion microscopy will allow scientists to take superresolution pictures of healthy and diseased tissue throughout the body using lenses of common microscopes. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST Winners announced in NIH-supported crowdsourcing contest of seizure prediction http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_epilepsy_challenge_12162014.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_epilepsy_challenge_12162014.htm As a result of two novel online contests, epilepsy researchers have some new tools to help accurately predict and detect seizures. The contests, supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and the Epilepsy Foundation, invited members of the public to develop computer algorithms to detect, predict and ultimately prevent epileptic seizures. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST NIH initiates “Centers Without Walls” to study sudden unexpected death in epilepsy http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_sudep_12082014.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_sudep_12082014.htm Nine groups of scientists will receive funding totaling $5.9 million in 2014 to work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy. The consortium becomes the second Center Without Walls, an initiative to speed the pace of research on difficult problems in epilepsy by promoting collaborative research. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, funds this initiative. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST Barrier breaking drug may lead to spinal cord injury treatments http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_sci_release_12032014.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_sci_release_12032014.htm Injections of a new drug may partially relieve paralyzing spinal cord injuries, based on indications from a study in rats, which was partly funded by the National Institutes of Health. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST NIH announces grants for frontotemporal degeneration research http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_FTD_grant_10232014.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_FTD_grant_10232014.htm The National Institutes of Health will award three large, five-year projects on a specific form of dementia, known as frontotemporal because of the areas of the brain that are affected. The projects, funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), announced today total more than $5.9 million for 2014. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT