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 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 Scientists sniff out unexpected role for stem cells in the brain http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_brain_stem_cell_scents_10102014.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_brain_stem_cell_scents_10102014.htm For decades, scientists thought that neurons in the brain were born only during the early development period and could not be replenished. More recently, however, they discovered cells with the ability to divide and turn into new neurons in specific brain regions. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT NIH awards $35 Million for Centers for Collaborative Research in Fragile X http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_fragile-x_research_funding_09232014.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_fragile-x_research_funding_09232014.htm The National Institutes of Health is making funding awards of $35 million over the next five years to support the Centers for Collaborative Research in Fragile X program. Investigators at these centers will seek to better understand Fragile X-associated disorders and work toward developing effective treatments. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT Scientists plug into a learning brain http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_learning_brain_08272014.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_learning_brain_08272014.htm Learning is easier when it only requires nerve cells to rearrange existing patterns of activity than when the nerve cells have to generate new patterns, a study of monkeys has found. The scientists explored the brain’s capacity to learn through recordings of electrical activity of brain cell networks. The study was partly funded by the National Institutes of Health. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT Monthly blood transfusions reduce sickle cell anemia-related brain injury in children http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_sickle_cell_anemia_08202014.htm http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/pressrelease_sickle_cell_anemia_08202014.htm Regular blood transfusions prevent recurrent blockage of brain blood vessels, a serious neurological side effect that occurs in one third of children with sickle cell anemia, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The findings appear in the Aug. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT