Bacterial biofilms are everywhere in nature. In some cases, like this one, they make beautiful bio-art.

Snapshots of Life: Portrait of a Bacterial Biofilm

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Millions of Americans now head out the door each day wearing devices that count their steps, check their heart rates, and help them stay fit in general. But with further research, these “wearables” could also play an important role in the early detection of serious medical conditions. Keep reading on the NIH Director's Blog: [ Directorsblog.nih.gov Link ]
Did you know the bullfrog has played a prominent role through the years in understanding how muscles work? Learn why on the NIH Director's Blog: [ Directorsblog.nih.gov Link ]
Peanut allergy is on the rise in the United States. Can it be prevented in childhood? New clinical guidelines indicate it can be. Here’s more about the new guidelines:

Peanut Allergy: Early Exposure Is Key to Prevention

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From NIH News in Health: A palliative care specialist is a health professional who specializes in treating the symptoms, side effects, and emotional problems of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. [ Newsinhealth.nih.gov Link ]

Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life - NIH News in Health, January 2017

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In a In a Stat QA, NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins looks forward and reflects back: [ Statnews.com Link ]

NIH's Francis Collins on Obama, Congress, and his one regret

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From NIH News in Health: When you’re expecting, you can take steps to keep yourself and your baby healthy throughout pregnancy, and after: [ Newsinhealth.nih.gov Link ]
Check out this collection of information about mumps to learn more: [ Medlineplus.gov Link ]
From NIH News in Health: A blood clot deep in your leg may cause pain, swelling, and more dangerous conditions. Learn to prevent and treat these clots: [ Newsinhealth.nih.gov Link ]

How to Spot and Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis - NIH News in Health, January 2017

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For centuries, scientists and philosophers have been fascinated by the brain, but until recently they viewed the brain as nearly incomprehensible. Now, however, the brain is beginning to relinquish its secrets.

Brain Basics: Know Your Brain | National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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From the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Children of obese mothers were more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill—the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands. Children of obese fathers were more likely to fail measures of social competence, and those born to extremely obese couples also were more...
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Parental obesity linked to delays in child development, NIH study suggests

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From all of us at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), here's to a happy and healthy 2017!
Do you know what counts as a drink? Check out this site from the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse to learn more: [ Niaaa.nih.gov Link ]
From NIH News in Health: What’s in your household goods and products? Becoming aware of potentially harmful substances can help keep you and your family healthy. [ Newsinhealth.nih.gov Link ]
Vote Now for the Open Science Prize: Help shape new directions in health research. See the innovations and vote by January 6, 2017. [ Datascience.nih.gov Link ]
From the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Mom's smoking in pregnancy linked to changes in baby’s immune system: [ Nichd.nih.gov Link ]
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season from all of us here at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)!
From National Institute on Aging - NIH: Learn how to balance busy holiday activities with everyday care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. [ Nia.nih.gov Link ]
Happy holidays! Check out this new imaging technique that adds a dash of color to electron microscopy. More on the NIH Director's Blog -->

Merry Microscopy and a Happy New Technique!

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Driven To Cure just donated $200,000 to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to advance rare kidney cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Thanks, Driven To Cure!