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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.
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Composing thoughts: mental handwriting produces brain activity that can be turned into text

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Scientists have developed a brain-computer interface (BCI) designed to restore the ability to communicate in people with spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
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Researchers wirelessly record human brain activity during normal life activities

Monday, May 3, 2021
Researchers are now able to wirelessly record the directly measured brain activity of patients living with Parkinson’s disease and to then use that information to adjust the stimulation delivered by an implanted device.
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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.
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Dr. Andrew Singleton to direct new NIH research laboratory for Alzheimer’s and related dementias research

Monday, April 26, 2021
Effective April 13, 2021, Andrew B. Singleton, Ph.D., is the director of a new NIH intramural laboratory, the Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD).