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Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health
Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health

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For 25 years, doctors have used deep brain stimulation (DBS) to help manage tremors and other symptoms in people who have Parkinson’s disease. Now, a research team is developing a device that delivers stimulation only when a patient has abnormal brain waves that indicate tremors. Learn more at NIH Research Matters:
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Though our thoughts can wander one moment and race rapidly forward the next, the brain itself is often considered to be motionless inside the skull. But that’s actually not correct. When the heart beats, the pumping force reverberates throughout the body and gently pulsates the brain. Watch it happen at the NIH Director's Blog:
Brain in Motion
Brain in Motion
directorsblog.nih.gov
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NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a portable, non-invasive monitor that can determine, in one minute and without drawing blood, whether chemotherapy patients have a reduced number of white blood cells that could lead to infections. Learn more at NIBIB:
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NIBIB-funded researchers at Caltech say they have developed a new way to detect breast cancer: a laser-sonic scanner that can find tumors in as little as 15 seconds by shining pulses of light into the breast. Learn more at Caltech:
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An NIH-funded team has uncovered the strongest evidence yet that a lack of quality sleep may be setting our kids up for some serious health issues later in life. Learn more at NIH Director's Blog:
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Millions of Americans are treated each year for a concussion, which is also known as a mild traumatic brain injury. Follow-up care is an important part of the treatment process, but recent studies show that most patients don't return after an initial diagnosis. Learn more at NIH Research Matters:
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Researchers funded by NIBIB have launched a six-month pilot study in Lima, Peru, using smartphones and computer-aided tools to rapidly screen people for tuberculosis (TB). Learn more at NIBIB:
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Infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, makes a person vulnerable to many other infections and diseases. So far, researchers have not been able to create an effective HIV vaccine, in part because there are many different strains of the virus. Learn more at NIH Research Matters:
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Chronic conditions including obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer often begin with early, subtle changes in cellular metabolism. Now NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a non-invasive optical imaging technique that detects these changes, providing an early window of opportunity for new research and potential therapeutic development. Learn more at NIBIB:
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Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers that nerve cells in the brain use to communicate. Modifying serotonin levels is one way that antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications are thought to work and help people feel better. Learn more at the NIH Director's Blog:
Measuring Brain Chemistry
Measuring Brain Chemistry
directorsblog.nih.gov
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