Infectious Disease

Hearing loss affects millions of Americans, and the solutions we have currently aren't always ideal. But scientists are offering a promising future, featuring better means to prevent hearing loss and better hearing aids when it can't be avoided.

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In Parkinson’s disease, cells in the substantia nigra, a region that produces dopamine, gradually die off, disrupting the brain’s movement systems and leading to the characteristic tremor.
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Although antipsychotic drugs and improved therapeutic techniques represent great advances in the treatment of schizophrenia, they do not help everyone. Even when successful, they typically mitigate only psychotic effects, leaving many patients severely disabled from their negative and cognitive symptoms.
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Spinal cord injury has no cure and most people show small improvements at best. Researchers are working on a variety of treatment options that prevent or repair axon damage, including many that are already or soon will be available for human clinical tests.
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Even though most people with epilepsy respond to current treatments, many are unable to control their seizures. Researchers are developing more effective therapies and better diagnostic tools.
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Drug abuse and addiction disturb the brain’s natural pleasure-producing reward system, altering self-control and decision-making abilities on a cellular level.
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Tom Insel, M.D., National Institute of Mental Health, on an alternate way to look at mental disorders.
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Paul Sieving, M.D., PhD., National Eye Institute, on new ways to look at visual handicaps.
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Story Landis, Ph.D., National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, looks at where we're at a decade after The Decade of the Brain.
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Richard Hodes, M.D. National Institute on aging and the variations that make researching Alzheimer's so difficult.
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James Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
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Nora Volkow, M.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse on new information that may help fight addictive behaviors.

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