NIH Technology Breakthroughs

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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...

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...

Diagnostic Imaging

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...

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...

Medical Technology

February 13, 2019

8 NIH research highlights

What did we learn in 2018 that could help your health this year or in the future? NIH-supported researchers worked on a...

NIH Research
Researchers at NIH and around the country are working to improve prosthetic limbs for patients.
July 12, 2018

Bringing prosthetic hands to life

NIH is improving prosthetic, or artificial, limbs so that they can work better and feel more natural to patients. Using...

NIH Highlights

Daniel Reich, M.D., Ph.D. (standing) listens to team members at NIH.
July 09, 2018

Uncovering the mysteries of multiple sclerosis

An estimated 2.3 million people worldwide live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a hard-to-predict disease of the central nervous system....

Multiple Sclerosis
April 24, 2018

Finding better and more personalized ways to diagnose cancer at NIH

Cancer treatment is constantly evolving and so are the detection tools that help diagnose it. The National Cancer Institute's ...


April 24, 2018

A closer look at cancer imaging tools

Imaging procedures create pictures of areas inside your body that help your health care provider see whether cancer is present....

October 13, 2017

The future of asthma monitoring

With so many pollutants indoors and outdoors, determining what triggers asthma in children is not easy. Now, NIH-supported researchers are...