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NIH scientists identify spasm in women with endometriosis-associated chronic pelvic pain

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Pelvic pain associated with endometriosis often becomes chronic and can persist (or recur) following surgical and hormonal interventions.
Human brain showing hearing centers

Our brains appear uniquely tuned for musical pitch

Monday, June 10, 2019
In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, the harmonic sounds we hear when listening to music, than our evolutionary relative the macaque monkey.
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Emergency treatment guidelines improve survival of people with severe head injury

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
A large study of more than 21,000 people finds that training emergency medical services (EMS) agencies to implement prehospital guidelines for traumatic brain injury (TBI) may help improve survival in patients with severe head trauma.
waveforms comparing spoken sentence to synthesized speech

Scientists translate brain signals into speech sounds

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Scientists used brain signals recorded from epilepsy patients to program a computer to mimic natural speech—an advancement that could one day have a profound effect on the ability of certain patients to communicate.
Picture of brain tissue used in BrainEx system study

NIH BRAIN Initiative tool may transform how scientists study brain structure and function

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Researchers have developed a high-tech support system that can keep a large mammalian brain from rapidly decomposing in the hours after death, enabling study of certain molecular and cellular functions.
Depiction of a human brain. Blue coloring identifies the areas where resting brain activity appeared to correlate with learning new skills.

Want to learn a new skill? Take some short breaks

Friday, April 12, 2019
In a study of healthy volunteers, National Institutes of Health researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results highlight the critically important role rest may play in learning.
MRI scan showing PML lesions

Releasing an immune system brake could help patients with rare but fatal brain infection

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
The anti-cancer drug pembrolizumab has shown promise in slowing or stopping the progression of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a typically fatal infection of the brain caused by the JC virus (JCV).
Image of immune cells in the mouse brain

Meningitis changes immune cell makeup in the mouse brain lining

Monday, March 18, 2019
NIH study finds new cell composition may lead to less effective future response
Picture of a brain. Yellow spots show parts of brain where ripples happen seconds before successful memory recall.

Our brains may ripple before remembering

Friday, March 15, 2019
NIH study suggests tiny electrical brain waves may be a hallmark of successful memory retrieval