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Study discovers gene that helps us know when it’s time to urinate

Monday, October 19, 2020
In a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study involving both mice and patients who are part of an NIH Clinical Center trial, researchers discovered that a gene, called PIEZO2, may be responsible for the powerful urge to urinate that we normally feel several times a day.
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NIH scientists reveal how the brain may fuel intense neural communication

Monday, October 5, 2020
Our thoughts, feelings, and movements are controlled by billions of neurons talking to each other at trillions of specialized communication points called synapses.
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NIH researcher Sonja W. Scholz awarded 2020 ANA Soriano Lectureship

Monday, October 5, 2020
The American Neurological Association (ANA) has announced that Sonja W. Scholz, M.D., Ph.D., an investigator at the National Institutes of Health is this year’s winner of the Soriano Lectureship.
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About 14% of cerebral palsy cases may be tied to brain wiring genes

Monday, September 28, 2020
In an article published in Nature Genetics, researchers confirm that about 14% of all cases of cerebral palsy, a disabling brain disorder for which there are no cures, may be linked to a patient’s genes and suggest that many of those genes control how brain circuits become wired during early...
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NIH study details self-reported experiences with post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS

Monday, September 21, 2020
One of the major symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is post-exertional malaise (PEM), the worsening of symptoms after physical or mental activities.
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NIH researcher Richard J. Youle receives 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced that Richard J. Youle, Ph.D., a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is one of four recipients of the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.
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Small set of genes may provide unique barcode for different types of brain cells in worms

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
When it comes to brain cells, one size does not fit all. Neurons come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and contain different types of brain chemicals. But how did they get that way?
Picture of NIH researcher Michael E. Ward, M.D., Ph.D., investigator, NINDS.

NIH lab receives Chan Zuckerberg Initiative award for ALS/FTD research

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has announced that a lab led by Michael E. Ward, M.D., Ph.D., investigator at the NIH’s NINDS is part of one of 30 pairs of researchers to receive an award from CZI’s Neurodegeneration Challenge Network (NDCN).
Brain scan of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma examined in this study.

Drugs against alpha-ketoglutarate may combat deadly childhood brain tumor

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Every year, 150 to 300 children in the United States are diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPGs), aggressive and lethal tumors that grow deep inside the brain, for which there are no cures.