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NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l), flanked by ACD member Dr. Jose Florez of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, told the group that he thought last December’s ACD meeting might have been his last.

Taylor Calls on NIH’ers to Adopt, Share Healthy Behavior, Attitude

Susan L. Taylor was a 20-something, broke, exhausted newly single mom waiting in the emergency room, fully expecting the chest pain she’d had all week to be diagnosed as a heart attack. She was overwhelmed, over-burdened and under-employed...Read more

Dr. Fiona Marshall

Insect-Borne Pathogens Threaten Crops

Wondering why the carefully tended vegetables in your garden have started to look rather lifeless?...Read more

Dr. David Valle

‘Take a Hike’ for Your Health

It was a picture-perfect day on June 8, the kind of weather that makes you wish you had time to take a break from work...Read more



A scanning electron microscope picture of a nerve ending broken open to reveal vesicles (orange and blue) containing chemicals to pass messages in the nervous system.
ON THE COVER: Solomon’s Seal emerging in the CRC courtyard


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Outdoor Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Outdoor Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

This year was the 20th anniversary of the NIH Comcast Film Festival, an end-of-summer ritual for many NIH employees and neighbors. The festival was able to return this year to the grounds of Strathmore Hall. Over the 3 nights, attendees were treated to showings of Jurassic World, with 1,800 moviegoers; Minions, which drew a hundred or so on a rainy evening; and for the finale, 1,400 came to see The Wizard of Oz.

Tests to Detect AIDS Antibodies in Blood Aren’t Perfect But Are Highly Effective

Blood screening tests for AIDS virus antibodies are not perfect but they have greatly reduced the probability of AIDS-contaminated blood going into the transfusion pool, a consensus conference panel meeting at NIH June 7-9 concluded.

One panel member told a press conference that a surgical patient is more likely to die from the effects of anesthesia than get AIDS from transfused blood.

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