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NIH builds large nationwide study population of tens of thousands to support research on long-term effects of COVID-19

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The National Institutes of Health awarded nearly $470 million to build a national study population of diverse research volunteers and support large-scale studies on the long-term effects of COVID-19.
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NIH scientists build a cellular blueprint of multiple sclerosis lesions

Friday, September 10, 2021
Study lays the groundwork for potential new therapies for progressive multiple sclerosis
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NIH-funded mouse study shows blocking stress response could slow axonal peripheral neuropathies disease progression

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Researchers have identified a pathway common to several types of axonal peripheral neuropathies (APNs), including multiple forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, and have identified a possible drug target that could help treat the disorder. 
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Researchers identify a cellular defect common to familial and sporadic forms of ALS

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
NIH-funded study may point to possible therapeutic target for the disease
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Study suggests scientists may need to rethink which genes control aging

Thursday, June 24, 2021
To better understand the role of bacteria in health and disease, National Institutes of Health researchers fed fruit flies antibiotics and monitored the lifetime activity of hundreds of genes that scientists have traditionally thought control aging.
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Study shows how taking short breaks may help our brains learn new skills

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
In a study of healthy volunteers, NIH researchers have mapped out the brain activity that flows when we learn a new skill, such as playing a new song on the piano, and discovered why taking short breaks from practice is a key to learning.
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Optic nerve firing may spark growth of vision-threatening childhood tumor

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
In a study of mice, researchers showed how the act of seeing light may trigger the formation of vision-harming tumors in young children who are born with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) cancer predisposition syndrome.
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Scientists discover a new genetic form of ALS in children

Monday, May 31, 2021
In a study of 11 medical-mystery patients, an international team of researchers led by scientists at the National Institutes of Health and the Uniformed Services University (USU) discovered a new and unique form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

NIH study highlights systemic diversity issues in the neuroscience research community

Thursday, May 27, 2021
National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials surveyed 1,479 neuroscientists who had recently obtained a doctorate about their career views. As with earlier studies, this one found that interest in pursuing a career in academic research dropped as the scientists went through training.