The drug psilocybin in pill form.

Hallucinogenic Drug Psilocybin Relieves Anxiety and Depression

When combined with psychological counseling, a single dose of a mind-altering compound contained in psychedelic mushrooms significantly lessens mental anguish in distressed cancer patients for months at a time, according to results of a clinical trial led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center.



New Clues About Zika Spread in Growing Brains

New Clues About Zika’s Spread in Growing Brains

Around the world, hundreds of women infected with the Zika virus have given birth to children suffering from microcephaly or other brain defects, as the virus attacks key cells responsible for generating neurons and building the brain as the embryo develops. Studies have suggested that Zika enters these cells, called neural progenitor cells or NPCs, by grabbing onto a specific protein called AXL on the cell surface. Now scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (link is external) (HSCI) and Novartis have shown that this is not the only route of infection for NPCs.


World Aids Day 2016

Statement on World AIDS Day 2016 by NIH

This year, the world marked the 35th anniversary of the first published reports of what would come to be known as HIV/AIDS. This disease has wrought enormous suffering and devastation and caused more than 35 million deaths. Yet today, thanks to remarkable achievements in biomedical science and public health, we have the tools to build a better future for individuals living with HIV and for those at risk of infection. We are hopeful that new approaches currently under exploration could expedite the end of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.


Aerobic Exercise

Aerobic Exercise Gains Greater Brain Volume Than Just Stretching

Using a new MRI technique, researchers found that adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who exercised four times a week over a six-month period experienced an increase in brain volume in specific, or local, areas of the brain, but adults who participated in aerobic exercise experienced greater gains than those who just stretched. The study is presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).