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CC patient Andrew Lee and his Nissan GTR

Young CC Patient Donates to Cancer Research

Andrew Lee, 19, had just finished his
freshman year at the University of New
Hampshire when he received the devastating
news. He was diagnosed with a rare form of
kidney cancer; it was stage 4 and incurable.
Nearly 2 years later...Read more

Dr. Wendy Suzuki speaks at NIH.

Exercise Improves Mood, Focus, Aids Memory

Dr. Wendy Suzuki’s career was going great. She earned tenure at New York University...Read more

Shari Harley

Set Expectations, Build Agreement, Harley Advises

Your mother always told you: don’t say anything if you’ve nothing nice to say...Read more

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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: Pseudo-colored scanning electron micrograph of an oral squamous cancer cell (white) being attacked by two cytotoxic T cells (red), part of a natural immune response

IMAGE: RITA ELENA SERDA, DUNCAN COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER AT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, NCI

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CMS Health Bus Makes Stop at NIH

CMS Health Bus Makes Stop at NIH

To help kick off the "A Healthier US Starts Here!" Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Prevention and Wellness Initiative, a bus that will travel the country stopped by NIH on the morning of Apr. 18. Leaders from across NIH-including Dr. Elias Zerhouni (below, l), who took a turn behind the wheel-were able to get a sneak peek of the colorful bus that will tour across 48 states this spring and summer as part of an effort to promote awareness of the prevention benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries.

A Cuddle a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

The beneficial effects of “the bonding hormone” on maternal blood pressure are now being measured. From the collection of U.S. Children’s Bureau c. 1945. Photo: Georg Jones. Courtesy National Library of Medicine.

We mammals have it rough. Especially the humans among us. All mammals are born helpless — their survival hinges on maternal care — but compared to many other species, Homo sapiens require a prolonged childhood. Raising a human being is no joke.

Consider the mice of the field. A prairie vole (a critter resembling a mouse) weans its young at the tender age of 3 weeks or so, when the youngster departs to seek its fortune.


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Pseudo-colored scanning electron micrograph of an oral squamous cancer cell (white) being attacked by two cytotoxic T cells (red), part of a natural immune response