Commonly Used Antibiotic Shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections

NIH preclinical study suggests FDA-approved tetracycline-based antibiotics may slow infection and reduce neurological problems

In 2015, hundreds of children were born with brain deformities resulting from a global outbreak of Zika virus infections. Recently, National Institutes of Health researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure.… Read full story

New NIH BRAIN Initiative Awards Move Toward Solving Brain Disorders

Researchers using recently developed tools to gain new insights into brain function

The National Institutes of Health will fund more than 175 grants, totaling nearly $500 million, through the NIH’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, part of a large effort among federal and non-federal partners to use knowledge about how the brain works to develop more effective therapies for neurological disorders.… Read full story

Study of “Exceptional Responders” Yields Clues to Cancer and Potential Treatments

In a comprehensive analysis of patients with cancer who had exceptional responses to therapy, researchers have identified molecular changes in the patients’ tumors that may explain some of the exceptional responses. The results demonstrate that genomic characterizations of cancer can uncover genetic alterations that may contribute to unexpected and long-lasting responses to treatment, according to the researchers.… Read full story

NIH to Fund Research of Racial Disparities in Pregnancy-Related Complications and Deaths

Studies to focus on women from racial and ethnic minority groups, women with underprivileged socioeconomic status, and those living in underserved rural settings.

The National Institutes of Health will fund new research examining racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related complications and deaths.… Read full story

Envision Color: Activity Patterns in the Brain are Specific to the Color You See

NIH research findings reveal new aspects of visual processing.

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have decoded brain maps of human color perception. The findings, published today in Current Biology, open a window into how color processing is organized in the brain, and how the brain recognizes and groups colors in the environment.… Read full story