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Cancer-linked mutation accelerates growth of abnormal stroke-causing brain blood vessels

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
NIH-funded study suggests an anticancer drug could prevent bleeding into the brain.
Picture of epilepsy patient wearing a special brain wave monitoring backpack and searching for a hidden spot.

Scientists discover how our brains track where we and others go

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
For the first time, scientists have recorded how our brains navigate physical space and keep track of others’ location. Researchers used a special backpack to wirelessly monitor the brain waves of epilepsy patients as each one walked around an empty room hunting for a hidden, two-foot spot.
Side view of a brain. Colored dots represent electrodes used to record brain waves.

Researchers reveal how our brains know when something’s different

Monday, December 14, 2020
In a study involving epilepsy patients, National Institutes of Health scientists discovered how a set of high frequency brain waves may help us spot these kinds of differences between the past and the present.
Picture of person with cerebral palsy sitting in a chair in front of a school bus along with a woman. Both people are smiling.

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...
Side view of the human brain in grey overlaid with a network diagram of the words used in this study.

NIH study finds out why some words may be more memorable than others

Monday, June 29, 2020
Thousands of words, big and small, are crammed inside our memory banks just waiting to be swiftly withdrawn and strung into sentences.
Sideview brain scan in black and white. Cavernous angioma in middle of brain is highlighted in color.

Study ties stroke-related brain blood vessel abnormality to gut bacteria

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
In a nationwide study, NIH funded researchers found that the presence of abnormal bundles of brittle blood vessels in the brain or spinal cord, called cavernous angiomas (CA), are linked to the composition of a person’s gut bacteria.
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How the future of brain wave research may be etched in silicon

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
NIH BRAIN Initiative® funded researchers showed that it is possible to use computer chip manufacturing techniques to make a Neural Matrix: a soft, flexible electrical recording device for long lasting, high fidelity monitoring of brain activity.
Picture of neural firing pattern behind a memory

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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Head-to-head comparison finds three anti-seizure drugs equally effective for severe form of epilepsy

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
There are three treatment options commonly used by doctors in the emergency room to treat patients with refractory status epilepticus, severe seizures that continue even after benzodiazepine medications, which are effective in controlling seizures in more than two-thirds of patients.

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