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Common migraine triggers include stress, hormones, some food and drink, and lack of sleep.
September 28, 2022

10 common migraine triggers and how to cope with them

If you live with migraine, one of the best things that you can do is to identify your personal triggers. You can’t always avoid triggers,...

Anyone can have migraine, including children. Women are three times more likely than men to experience migraine.
September 27, 2022

Migraine: What you need to know

Migraine is a neurological condition (meaning that it’s a disease of the nervous system) that is associated with severe headaches and other symptoms in the...

Mosquitoes use a combination of chemical and physical cues to sniff out their hosts.
September 26, 2022

How mosquitoes tell the difference between animal and human hosts (and why it matters)

Summertime means barbecues, pool days, and mosquitoes. Warm weather plus high humidity creates the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to thrive. Most of the time mosquitoes...

NIH Research
NEI Director Dr. Michael Chiang and Dr. M. Teresa Magone, chief of the NEI Consult Clinic.
September 23, 2022

Meet the Director: Dr. Michael Chiang, National Eye Institute

National Eye Institute (NEI) Director Michael F. Chiang, M.D., started his position during a strange time: In November 2020, protests over racial inequality continued across...

Meet the Director
Mark was able to treat some of his long COVID symptoms, but still deals with severe brain fog.
August 15, 2022

Navigating long COVID

Mark Elliott, Ph.D., is a 66-year-old associate professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular medicine at George Washington University who has been struggling...

Fascinated by the brain from a young age, Dr. Nora Volkow is passionate about using science to understand and address the biological and social causes and consequences of addiction.
August 08, 2022

Meet the director: Dr. Nora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Nora Volkow, M.D., has been the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) since May 2003. NIDA supports research on the health aspects...

Meet the Director
Parents who practice responsive feeding help their children learn positive eating habits from a young age.
August 05, 2022

Healthy habits that last a lifetime: How to practice responsive feeding

Feeding time can be hard for new parents, especially since babies can’t use words to tell you when they’re hungry and when they’re full. Luckily,...

Child Development
Teaching parents how to recognize and respond to their baby’s cues can help promote healthy growth.
August 05, 2022

Preventing childhood obesity: Program for first-time parents promotes healthy growth in firstborn babies and their siblings

An NIH-funded study called Intervention Nurses Start Infants Growing on Healthy Trajectories (INSIGHT), has been shown to support healthy weight in babies and lay the...

Child Development
Long COVID symptoms can include brain fog, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
August 01, 2022

The long haul: When COVID-19 symptoms don’t go away

*This article is an update to the original article, published on July 6, 2021. It was updated in July 2022 to reflect new information. While most people who...

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome is a set of symptoms associated with a rare but extreme immune response to COVID-19.
August 01, 2022

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children

Most children who get infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms and some may also experience severe illness, especially if...

Lymphedema causes swelling and stiffness.
July 26, 2022

Lymphedema: Living with swelling and stiffness

What is lymphedema? Lymphedema is chronic swelling that happens when something upsets the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system...

Dr. Jon Lorsch has been the head of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences since 2013.
July 25, 2022

Meet Dr. Jon Lorsch: Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Jon R. Lorsch, PhD, has been the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) since August 2013. In his position, Dr. Lorsch oversees...

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Kathy Bates joins other lymphedema advocates at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
July 20, 2022

Kathy Bates is figuring out how to live with lymphedema

When award-winning actress Kathy Bates was featured on the cover of NIH MedlinePlus magazine in 2016, she spoke about her experience with lymphedema following her breast...

 By collecting data from thousands of pregnant people, NIH researchers hope to paint a clearer picture of what a healthy pregnancy looks like.
July 11, 2022

PregSource: Using input from pregnant people to uncover the secrets of pregnancy

What is PregSource?  PregSource®: Crowdsourcing to Understand Pregnancy is a research project that collects data about pregnancy from the early stages through birth directly...