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Picture of genes found to play role in Lewy body dementia. Band of alternating grey and blue patches lined up from left to right. Each patch represents a chromosome. Numbers 1, 2, 4, & 19 are listed below the band denoting the chromosomes where each gene

Genetic study of Lewy body dementia supports ties to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
In a study led by NIH researchers, scientists found that five genes may play a critical role in determining whether a person will suffer from Lewy body dementia, a devastating disorder that riddles the brain with clumps of abnormal protein deposits called Lewy bodies
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Combination treatment for common glioma type shows promise in mice

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers tested a novel combination treatment approach on mice with tumors with characteristics similar to human astrocytomas—a type of slow-growing glioma—and found tumor regression in 60 percent of the mice treated.
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NINDS Names Dr. Amy Bany Adams as Deputy Director for Scientific Management and Operations

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has named Amy Bany Adams, Ph.D., as Deputy Director for Scientific Management and Operations (DDSMO).
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NIH launches database to track neurological symptoms associated with COVID-19

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
A new database will collect information from clinicians about COVID-19-related neurological symptoms, complications, and outcomes as well as COVID-19 effects on pre-existing neurological conditions.
Image of mouse brain blood vessels one day and ten days after injury

Timing is of the essence when treating brain swelling in mice

Monday, January 18, 2021
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have discovered Jekyll and Hyde immune cells in the brain that ultimately help with brain repair but early after injury can lead to fatal swelling, suggesting that timing may be critical when administering treatment.
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Identifying strategies to advance research on traumatic brain injury’s effect on women

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Analysis from a workshop convened by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in 2017 reveals gaps in and opportunities for research to improve understanding of the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in women.
Scan of COVID-19 patient’s brain colored grey. Red arrows point to light and dark spots that are indicative of blood vessel damage observed in an NIH study on how COVID-19 affects the brain.

NIH study uncovers blood vessel damage and inflammation in COVID-19 patients’ brains but no infection

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
In an in-depth study of how COVID-19 affects a patient’s brain, National Institutes of Health researchers consistently spotted hallmarks of damage caused by thinning and leaky brain blood vessels in tissue samples from patients who died shortly after contracting the disease.
Scans of mouse brain serotonin levels during different stages of sleep and wakefulness. Thick red and yellow streaks represent lower levels while thin ones represent higher levels.

AI-designed serotonin sensor may help scientists study sleep and mental health

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Serotonin is a neurochemical that plays a critical role in the way the brain controls our thoughts and feelings. For example, many antidepressants are designed to alter serotonin signals sent between neurons.
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.

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