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Single mutation leads to big effects in autism-related gene

Thursday, April 2, 2020
A new study in Neuron offers clues to why autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more common in boys than in girls. National Institutes of Health scientists found that a single amino acid change in the NLGN4 gene, which has been linked to autism symptoms, may drive this difference in some cases. 
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Scientists monitored brains replaying memories in real time

Thursday, March 5, 2020
In a study of epilepsy patients, researchers at the National Institutes of Health monitored the electrical activity of thousands of individual brain cells, called neurons, as patients took memory tests.
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Boosting energy levels within damaged nerves may help them heal

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
When the spinal cord is injured, the damaged nerve fibers—called axons—are normally incapable of regrowth, leading to permanent loss of function.
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Blood test method may predict Alzheimer’s protein deposits in brain

Monday, March 2, 2020
Researchers report an advance in the development of a blood test that could help detect pathological Alzheimer’s disease in people who are showing signs of dementia.
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NIH study supports new approach for treating cerebral malaria

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found evidence that specific immune cells may play a key role in the devastating effects of cerebral malaria, a severe form of malaria that mainly affects young children.
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Dr. John Ngai named director of NIH BRAIN Initiative

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced today the selection of John J. Ngai, Ph.D., as director of the NIH’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative. Dr. Ngai is expected to join NIH in March.