The more dangerous species of mosquitoes thrive in tropical regions. As the climate heats up in the coming decades, how will climate change affect these mosquito populations and disease spread? Two NIH-funded investigators spoke at a recent NIAID lecture on the mosquito-temperature connection as it relates to such diseases as malaria, dengue, Zika and chikungunya.
With burnout, anxiety and depression on the rise, the inclination is to treat such conditions with medication and therapy. While treatment is important, UCSF's Dr. Elissa Epel urges a focus on prevention—by bolstering emotional well-being.
A great place for learning and networking. A place that truly cares about its employees. That’s some of the feedback from students in the Summer Internship Program (SIP), who recently wound down their research projects after 12 weeks of immersive lab experience. SIP, run by the Office of Intramural Training and Education.
NIH welcomes Dr. Amy S. Kelley, the new deputy director of the National Institute on Aging. She joined NIH from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was a professor and vice chair for health policy and faculty development, professor in palliative care and senior associate dean for gender equity in research affairs.
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Scanning electron micrograph of a sickled red blood cell (red) inside the circulatory structures of the human spleen, whose function is to filter and remove unhealthy red blood cells, including rigid cells such as sickle-shaped cells. The blue cells indicate the wall of a splenic sinus (small vein where red blood cells are filtered). The gray structures indicate the splenic cords—cellular clusters where the red blood cells are checked by macrophages for the presence of surface alterations or certain antibodies. The image was produced by NHLBI-funded scientist Dr. Pierre Buffet of Inserm-University of Paris, whose research explores the role of the spleen in sickle cell disease. September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.