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Depiction of mouse brain neuron activity during rapid eye movement sleep.

The brain may actively forget during dream sleep

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep is a fascinating period when most of our dreams are made. Now, in a study of mice, a team of Japanese and U.S. researchers show that it may also be a time when the brain actively forgets.
Cartoon of annexin A11 guiding hitchhiking through a neuron

ALS gene may be a hitchhiker’s guide to the neuron

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Affecting at least 14,000 Americans, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a paralyzing and highly fatal neurodegenerative disorder for which there are no effective treatments. Scientists peered inside neurons and watched the workings of annexin A11, a gene linked to a rare form of ALS.
Picture of petri dish used for lab research

NIH launches novel nationwide search for neuroprotective stroke therapies

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Recently the National Institutes of Health called on researchers to make the standards and practices for conducting early stage, or preclinical, medical research on animals more like those used for clinical trials.
Photo of Dr. Story Landis, former NINDS director

NINDS announces 2019 winners of the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health, has announced the 2019 recipients of the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship.
Example of brain scan used in study of blood pressure on brain health.

Intensive blood pressure control may slow age-related brain damage

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
In a nationwide study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of hundreds of participants in the National Institutes of Health’s Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) and found that intensively controlling a person’s blood pressure was more effective at...
Example brain scan used in NIH study of multiple sclerosis.

Smoldering spots in the brain may signal severe MS

Monday, August 12, 2019
NIH study provides hope for diagnosing and testing effectiveness of new treatments for more disabling forms of multiple sclerosis Aided by a high-powered brain scanner and a 3D printer, NIH researchers peered inside the brains of hundreds of multiple sclerosis patients and found that dark rimmed...
Group of doctors talking

Researchers get a handle on how to control blood sugar after stroke

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Hyperglycemia, or high levels of glucose, is common in patients with acute ischemic stroke and is associated with worse outcomes compared to normal blood sugar levels.
Doctor speaking with female patient

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.