NIH Research Matters
May 2012 Archive
May 23, 2012
Paralyzed patients were able to control a robotic arm with their thoughts, a new study reports. This advance may help restore some independence and improve quality of life for people who’ve lost the use of their limbs.
A new study revealed a surprisingly diverse and stable community of microbes in the male urinary tract and on the penis. The findings will help lead to a better understanding of male reproductive and sexual health.
In a proof-of-principle study, researchers developed retinal implants that can potentially deliver images to surviving neurons in the eye and restore vision.
May 14, 2012
A routine bladder function test given to women before urinary incontinence surgery may be unnecessary, a new study reports.
A study in rats suggests that the mental replay of an experience is essential for making informed decisions. The work brings researchers closer to understanding how memories are represented and used by the brain.
Large structural abnormalities in chromosomes become more common with age and may be linked to increased risk for cancer. The new findings offer insights into how cancer and other disorders might emerge as people get older.
May 7, 2012
A combination of 2 diabetes drugs, metformin and rosiglitazone, was more effective in treating youth with type 2 diabetes than metformin alone, according to a new study.
A comparison showed that the drugs Avastin and Lucentis lead to similar vision improvements in patients with age-related macular degeneration. Treatments given monthly were slightly more effective than when given as-needed.
A new study found certain brain functions that are enhanced in teens who are fluent in more than one language. The finding gives new insight into how our senses help shape our brains.
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