NIH Record - National Institutes of Health

Infection Hinders Blood Vessel Repair after TBI

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other injuries to blood vessels in the brain, like stroke, are a leading cause of long-term disability or death. NINDS researchers have found a possible explanation for why some patients recover much more poorly from brain injury if they later become infected.

Disparities in Opioid Overdose Deaths Continue to Worsen

The opioid overdose death rate was significantly higher for non-Hispanic Black individuals in four U.S. states from 2018 to 2019, while the rates for other race and ethnicity groups held steady or decreased. These findings appeared in a new NIH study.

New Robotic Cane Offers New Direction

Equipped with a color 3-D camera, an inertial measurement sensor and its own onboard computer, a newly improved robotic cane could offer blind and visually impaired users a new way to navigate indoors.

Scientists Build Cellular Blueprint of MS Lesions

A new study lays the groundwork for potential new therapies for progressive multiple sclerosis. Chronic lesions with inflamed rims, or “smoldering” plaques, in the brains of people with MS have been linked to more aggressive and disabling forms of the disease.

Can Brain Functions Improve with Age?

Computer tests of attention and focus revealed that older adults declined in 1 one out of 3 key brain functions. The other functions actually improved during aging, at least until the mid-to-late 70s.

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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