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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.
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Study finds differences in energy use by immune cells in ME/CFS

Thursday, December 12, 2019
New findings published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggest that specific immune T cells from people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) show disruptions in the way they produce energy.
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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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Accelerating Medicines Partnership launches data knowledge portal for Parkinson’s disease

Friday, November 22, 2019
The Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) program for Parkinson’s disease (PD) has launched a data portal to provide de-identified information collected from 4,298 PD patients and healthy controls to researchers working to develop effective therapies for the disease.

NIH Awards Funding for Early Autism Screening

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than four million dollars in FY 2019 to support seven research projects aimed at developing and validating screening tools to detect signs of autism spectrum disorder in the first year of life.
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Pathogenic tau and cognitive impairment are precipitated by a high-salt diet

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
High levels of dietary salt can activate a pathway in the brain to cause cognitive impairment, according to a new study.

New NIH BRAIN Initiative awards accelerate neuroscience discoveries

Friday, October 18, 2019
Scientists have been developing astounding new tools for exploring neural circuits that underlie brain function throughout the first five years of the National Institutes of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative. Now, the NIH has announced its...