Something profound happens in the brain when we enjoy music. It draws us in, time and again, rousing our emotions. And it has no boundaries. Music can transport us to different moods, experiences and cultures.Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma explored how music intersects with science and culture during a casual and witty conversation with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins.
Pain is a major public health concern in the United States. More than 25 million of us experience it every day, according to the National Health Interview Survey. But treating it with opioids, a class of pain-relieving drugs, invites problems including misuse, addiction and overdose.
In 1982, European researchers published an article in the Annals of Virology. In it, they warned the African country Liberia to prepare for an Ebola epidemic. When the March 2014 outbreak occurred, public health officials in Liberia never saw the warning,explained Dr. Peter Murray-Rust. The paper was behind a paywall.
Sexual harassment in the workplace—whether physical, verbal or nonverbal—is demeaning and illegal. NIH is on the cusp of implementing a multi-phase plan to prevent and address harassment and encourages employees to share ideas to help shape the policy.
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6-day-old zebrafish swim near water’s surface. Optically clear, larval zebrafish allow researchers to observe the developing nervous system and monitor neuron activity during behavior.