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New NIH BRAIN Initiative awards move toward solving brain disorders

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Researchers using recently developed tools to gain new insights into brain function
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The gut trains the immune system to protect the brain

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The membranes surrounding our brains are in a never-ending battle against deadly infections, as germs constantly try to elude watchful immune cells and sneak past a special protective barrier called the meninges.

Neighborhood conditions associated with children’s cognitive function

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
A study published today in JAMA Network Open shows that children from poorer neighborhoods perform less well on a range of cognitive functions, such as verbal ability, reading skills, memory, and attention, and have smaller brain volumes in key cognitive regions compared to those from...
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Study discovers gene that helps us know when it’s time to urinate

Monday, October 19, 2020
In a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study involving both mice and patients who are part of an NIH Clinical Center trial, researchers discovered that a gene, called PIEZO2, may be responsible for the powerful urge to urinate that we normally feel several times a day.
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NIH researcher Sonja W. Scholz awarded 2020 ANA Soriano Lectureship

Monday, October 5, 2020
The American Neurological Association (ANA) has announced that Sonja W. Scholz, M.D., Ph.D., an investigator at the National Institutes of Health is this year’s winner of the Soriano Lectureship.
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NIH scientists reveal how the brain may fuel intense neural communication

Monday, October 5, 2020
Our thoughts, feelings, and movements are controlled by billions of neurons talking to each other at trillions of specialized communication points called synapses.
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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...
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NIH study details self-reported experiences with post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS

Monday, September 21, 2020
One of the major symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is post-exertional malaise (PEM), the worsening of symptoms after physical or mental activities.
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NIH researcher Richard J. Youle receives 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced that Richard J. Youle, Ph.D., a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is one of four recipients of the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.