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Brain images of a woman with an inherited condition that causes early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
May 21, 2020

Could one woman help researchers find a cure for Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, which contributes to a decline in memory, thinking, and social skills. More than 5...

Alzheimer's Disease
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., studies how technology can improve health. She and her team developed a low-cost, portable fiber optic microscope that allows doctors to easily test for cervical cancer.
May 20, 2020

How a tablet computer and mobile van are improving cancer detection

Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., of Rice University, has devoted her career to understanding how technology can improve health and save lives. Her recent...

Diagnostic Imaging
May 19, 2020

Asthma medicine may not be one size fits all

The symptoms are all too familiar for parents of kids with asthma: coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. About 6 million kids in the U...

Asthma
May 14, 2020

6 key facts about autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder, meaning that symptoms are present early in life. However, ASD can be diagnosed at any...

Autism Spectrum Disorder
May 12, 2020

Lyme disease: What you need to know

What is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi that is transmitted through the bite of an infected...

Lyme Disease
May 07, 2020

New HPV test brings screening to your doorstep

Important research by investigators at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and beyond has shown that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent...

Cervical Cancer
Karen Pierce, Ph.D., plays with a toddler referred to her program by a local pediatrician.
May 06, 2020

Eye tracking technology holds promise for earlier autism diagnosis

What if you could diagnose autism just by looking at how a child's eyes move? While the technology is not quite that...

Autism Spectrum Disorder
April 30, 2020

Older Hispanic adults may be more prone to frailty

Pain is one of the most common and expensive health problems in the U.S. In older adults, chronic pain can lead to...

Pain
April 28, 2020

The hidden epidemic of prediabetes

You could have prediabetes and not even know it. More than one in three adult Americans—approximately 88 million—have the condition, but 90% don't realize it. ...

Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes
Tracy Sekhon helped support her son Luca, who is now 10, through his autism diagnosis journey.
April 27, 2020

Embracing autism diagnosis helps family take charge

Luca is in fifth grade. He loves playing video games, building things, and learning about space. He can tell you the name of...

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sensory prosthetics could give users a better sense of touch and help make everyday tasks easier.
April 23, 2020

5 breakthrough technologies your tax dollars are funding

A 15-second, painless mammogram. A laser-powered blood sugar monitor. These are just some of the many breakthrough technologies supported by researchers at the...

Medical Technology
Adult blacklegged ticks are about the size of a sesame seed.
April 20, 2020

On the front lines against Lyme disease

Blacklegged ticks, or deer ticks, are tiny. But the problems they cause, like Lyme disease, can be big. Most humans are infected through...

Lyme Disease
A 3D rendering of human papillomavirus
April 16, 2020

HPV and cervical cancer: What you need to know

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., and there are more than 200 strains of it. Forty...

Cervical Cancer
April 15, 2020

3 key research highlights from NIH’s diabetes branch

Can taking a daily vitamin D supplement prevent diabetes? Which is better for lowering your risk of diabetes: lifestyle changes or just medication?...

Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes