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Studying ADHD from Genes to the Brain Connectome

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Contributed by an NIH clinical trial participant.

My 8-year-old nephew Luke has a sixth-grade reading level, while still in the third grade. Yet, he often struggles to finish his chores. He carries a timer in his backpack to keep himself on task. His school provides Luke with special assistance, including extra time for tests and repeated, detailed instruction. The challenges arise because Luke, like his mother Rebecca, has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Treating Zika Infection: Repurposed Drugs Show Promise

Thursday, September 8, 2016

While wearing protective clothing, a researcher in a lab at NCATS dispenses Zika virus into trays for compound screening using procedures that follow strict biosafety standards.

By testing 6,000 FDA-approved drugs and experimental chemical compounds on Zika-infected human cells in the lab, a team that includes IRP scientists has shown that some existing drugs might be repurposed to fight Zika infection and prevent the virus from harming the developing brain.

John and ALS: Participating in an NIH Clinical Study

Thursday, August 18, 2016

“I kind of made it a mission of mine to find out as much as I can, what’s available out there as treatments, trials,” John says, “and just my way of giving back, whether it helps me directly or somebody who comes after me.”

Need for Speed

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Travis Carpenter NF1

From Travis’ appearance and attitude, you’d never believe that, inside his body, many things are wrong. His legs are different lengths, his bones are prone to breaking, and he has a long, “deep” tumor running from his lower spine down across his hip to below his knee. He also has lower back pain from constant irritation to the nerves in his spine.

Faith, Hope, and Determination Help Teenager Fight a Rare Cancer

Monday, June 20, 2016

Terran (left) and her father, Terrence, at the Children's Inn at NIH

Terran Dupree, 16, is one of the most positive teenagers you will ever meet. With the brightest smile and the most humbling personality, you would never know that she is fighting a rare form of cancer.

Meet Children's Inn Resident Connor O’Brien

Friday, May 20, 2016

In the words of Connor: “A lot of times treatment for cancer and chronic diseases is very difficult to sustain. A lot of times it hurts. A lot of times you have to be given anesthesia, invasive things like that. The Inn gives you somewhere to come home to, somewhere to end your day, a place where you can have closure. Thank you all for making sure we have The Inn to come home to.”

An Inspiration for Others – Eli’s Story

Monday, April 25, 2016

Six months after turning two, Eli Palmer still wasn’t walking, and his parents, Julie and Seth, had begun to worry. But they figured their fourth child was growing at his own pace and would soon catch up.

Orloff Science Awards Recognize Aplastic Anemia Treatment

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

From genetic studies to pharmacology, the Orloff Science Awards honor the remarkable work and responsibilities our researchers undertake every day to make a difference in the world—science that truly matters and impacts human health.

Finding a Cure for Childhood Alzheimer’s – Johnathan’s Story

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Searching for answers, Johnathan’s mother, Rebecca, and father, Keith, applied for their son to be considered as a participant in a clinical trial at the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Toward an AIDS-Free Generation: Can Antibodies Help?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

This year, an estimated 50,000 Americans will learn they have been newly infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS. A new generation of safe, effective, and longer-lasting treatments to keep HIV in check is very much needed.