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Scientists Discover How an Essential Nutrient Enters the Brain

Researchers have discovered that choline, an essential nutrient vital for brain health, is actively transported from the bloodstream into the brain by a protein. The findings may inform the development of new drugs that take advantage of this mechanism to treat brain disorders.

Skin Test Detects Evidence of Parkinson’s

A research team led by Dr. Christopher Gibbons of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been working to identify accessible biomarkers that could help diagnose Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Antibiotic Shows No Benefit for Dry AMD

The drug minocycline, an antibiotic that also decreases inflammation, failed to slow vision loss or expansion of geographic atrophy in people with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Delta-8-THC Used by 11% of 12th Graders

Approximately 11% of 12th-grade students across the country reported past-year use of delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8-THC, or delta-8 for short), according to an analysis from the 2023 Monitoring the Future survey.

The NIH Record

The NIH Record, founded in 1949, is the biweekly newsletter for employees of the National Institutes of Health.

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