NIH Health Research

A weekly summary of research developments and discoveries at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  1. A flexible glove enables MRI scans of a moving hand.
  2. Researchers found that opioid drugs and the brain’s natural opioids activate nerve cell receptors differently.
  3. Understanding the ways that animals survive hibernation during cold weather could help researchers design better methods for storing human tissues for transplants.
  4. Researchers found that eating a Mediterranean diet slows some changes in the brain that may indicate early Alzheimer’s disease.
  5. A noninvasive treatment helped six people with cervical spinal cord injuries improve their hand strength and dexterity.
  6. Inspired by a clear butterfly wing, researchers designed a tiny implantable sensor to measure eye pressure. With further development, it could be tested in people.
  7. Researchers found that people who maintained five healthy lifestyle factors lived more than a decade longer than those who didn’t maintain any of the five.
  8. In a small study, an experimental treatment using bacteria normally found on healthy skin reduced the severity of a common skin disease called atopic dermatitis.
  9. Researchers found a biomarker that, if confirmed, could be used to identify which people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia would benefit from CAR T-cell therapy.
  10. Gene therapy reduced or eliminated the need for blood transfusions in patients with a severe blood disorder called beta-thalassemia.
  11. Researchers developed a compound that temporarily interferes with sperm motility in rhesus macaques. The study might point the way toward a reversible male contraceptive.
  12. A study in obese mice found that boosting the growth of certain gut bacteria with a fiber known as oligofructose reduced osteoarthritis.
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