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An MRI can help diagnose multiple sclerosis.
June 08, 2022

Multiple sclerosis: What you need to know

What is it?  Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that affects the brain, optic nerve (which helps you see), and spinal cord....

Multiple Sclerosis
CNN anchor John King has been living with MS for over ten years.
June 06, 2022

CNN’s John King isn’t letting multiple sclerosis slow him down

"I’m lucky, but multiple sclerosis is with me every day" –John King CNN host John King has covered American politics for decades. Millions of Americans...

Multiple Sclerosis beta site is now available
May 02, 2022

Find clinical studies on the updated

Interested in learning about clinical trials? Want to find research that’s happening on a specific health topic? On you can do all that,...

Clinical Trials
A trained mental health professional can help you improve your mental well-being.
April 18, 2022

Getting help for mental health

About one in five Americans live with a mental health condition. If you or someone you know is struggling, it’s important to know that help...

Mental Health
In this online video, NIH Dr. Krystal M. Lewis explains how stress works in the brain.
April 13, 2022

Chill out with the NIH

A guided video visualization to help you relax  Even the most seemingly relaxed people deal with stress on a daily basis. Stress includes the feeling...

Gene therapies “fix” genetic mutations by replacing or changing a gene that doesn’t work with one that does.
April 07, 2022

Gene therapies are a promising path to treating rare diseases

Researching and developing new treatments for rare diseases is time consuming, complex, and often expensive. Most rare diseases (almost 80%) are caused by a defect in...

Rare Diseases
April 01, 2022

Heart attacks

A heart attack occurs when the flow of oxygenated blood suddenly becomes blocked, and a section of the heart can’t get oxygen. If blood flow...

Heart Diseases
March 31, 2022

Physical exercise

When you hear the word “exercise” you might think about lifting weights or hitting the treadmill to try to lose a few pounds. Weight loss...

Research can be a source of hope for people with invisible diseases.
March 24, 2022

When there’s research, there’s hope

The first sign Meredith Winchell noticed was trouble breathing. At the time, she worked as an analyst at NIH. First, she started losing her breath...

Rare Diseases
Telehealth makes it easier for some people with rare diseases to access medical care.
March 22, 2022

COVID-19 makes living with a rare disease even harder

Ongoing uncertainty, being alone, and not being able to get treatment. In many ways, the widespread challenges the COVID-19 pandemic created were already too familiar...

Rare Diseases, COVID-19
If you have a virus, and especially if you’re not wearing a mask, be sure to stay away from others.
March 18, 2022

Winter viruses

Winter and viruses: A dangerous combination Though a cold, flu, or COVID-19 can strike at any time, you’re more likely to pick up a viral...

Cold-Weather Wellness
March 16, 2022

Breathing like everyone else

Dara Torres’ remarkable swimming career has inspired generations of Americans. She broke her first world record at age 14 and went on to win 12 Olympic medals...

Thick unscented lotions and petroleum jelly can help relieve some of the uncomfortable symptoms of an eczema flare-up.
March 11, 2022

Eczema and the cold

Eczema: What is it? Also known as “atopic dermatitis,” eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that affects roughly 30% of Americans, mostly children and adolescents....

Be careful when drinking hot liquids to avoid getting burned.
February 28, 2022

Burns: How to treat and prevent

Ouch! I Burned My Skin, Now What?  First Degree  Put the affected area in cool water or apply a cold, wet compress  Apply petroleum...