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In a study reported recently in the journal Nature, an NIH-funded team of researchers has begun to bring the map of the human brain into much sharper focus. Learn more at the NIH Director's Blog:
Neuroscientists have been working for a long time to figure out how the human brain works, and that has led many through the years to attempt to map its various regions and create a detailed atlas …
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From NIH Research Matters: The spleen helps keep harmful microorganisms out of the bloodstream. It holds key components of the body’s immune system. The spleen also removes unhealthy, old, and misshapen red blood cells from circulation. Keep reading: http://bit.ly/2a3fuNo
Researchers used computer modeling to show how the spleen maintains the quality of red blood cells in the bloodstream.
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Learn more about how NIH grantee, Dr. Dylan Gee, is studying anxiety in the developing brains of children at the NIH Director's Blog:
While earning her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dylan Gee often encountered children and adolescents battling phobias, panic attacks, and other anxiety disorders. Most overcame them with the help o…
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NIH-funded researchers have identified for the first time the precise biochemical signals needed to spur human embryonic stem cells to produce 12 key types of cells, and to do so rapidly. Learn more at the NIH Director's Blog:
To help people suffering from a wide array of injuries and degenerative diseases, scientists and bioengineers have long dreamed of creating new joints and organs using human stem cells. A major hur…
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Until recently, such an image would have been impossible--but these are bundles of neurons in the brainstem of an adult mouse. These bundles are randomly labeled with various colors that enable researchers to trace the course of each as it projects from the brainstem areas to other parts of the brain. Learn more at the NIH Director's Blog:
What you are looking at above is something scientists couldn’t even dream of imaging less than a decade ago: bundles of neurons in the brainstem of an adult mouse. These bundles are randomly labele…
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Researchers funded by NIBIB have created a new type of tissue chip that can better represent human tissues compared with current chips, and can be more widely used for drug testing. Learn more at NIBIB:
Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have created a new type of tissue chip that can better represent human tissues compared with current chips, and can be more widely used for drug testing. By engineering the chips as a silk gel, the researchers circumvented many of the problems with existing devices. The new chip also has the potential to someday be an implantable treatment itself.
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An NIBIB-funded team has created a new simulator that allows clinicians who perform a complicated ultrasound technique to gain practice on a mannequin before trying it on patients. Learn more at NIBIB:
A team with funding from the National Institutes of Health has created a new simulator that allows clinicians who perform a complicated ultrasound technique to gain practice on a mannequin before trying it on patients. This is the first simulator for duplex ultrasound scanning, a type of ultrasound used to assess the health of blood vessels. The development is reported in the May 11, 2016 advance online issue of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.
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An NIBIB-funded team has used a new imaging technique to measure how people break down dietary fat into products the cells of their bodies can use. Learn more at NIBIB:
A team from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has used a new imaging technique to measure how people break down dietary fat into products the cells of their bodies can use. The technique is a cost effective and convenient way to image this critical process—also called fat metabolism—and provides a way to test interventions aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and the increased risk of heart attack and stroke that can be ca...
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A team of NIBIB-funded researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have created a “liver on a chip,” a model of liver tissue that replicates the metabolic variations found throughout the organ and more accurately reflects the distinctive patterns of liver damage caused by exposure to environmental toxins, including pharmaceutical overdose. Learn more at MGH:
A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine have created a "liver on a chip," a model of liver tissue that replicates the metabolic variations found throughout the organ and more accurately reflects the distinctive patterns of liver damage caused by exposure to toxins.
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Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in men in the U.S. A recent study found molecular "signatures" in urine that may one day help to diagnose prostate cancer & assess tumor progression. More: http://go.usa.gov/xx5jA
Biomarkers in urine suggest a noninvasive approach to diagnosing prostate cancer and assessing tumor progression.
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It’s estimated that about 10 percent of the world’s population either has type 2 diabetes (T2D) or will develop the disease during their lives. While diet and exercise are critical contributory factors to this potentially devastating disease, genetic factors are also important. Over the last decade, studies have turned up more than 80 genetic regions that contribute to T2D risk. Learn more at the NIH Director's Blog:
It’s estimated that about 10 percent of the world’s population either has type 2 diabetes (T2D) or will develop the disease during their lives [1]. Type 2 diabetes (formerly called “adult-onset”) h…
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Innovative technology developed by NIH-funded researchers has been able to find and facilitate the killing of cancer cells in mice without harming the nearby healthy tissue. Learn more at NIBIB:
Innovative technology developed by NIH-funded researchers has been able to find and facilitate the killing of cancer cells in mice without harming the nearby healthy tissue. A treatment using this technology in humans could reduce the rate of cancer recurrence or metastasis.
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