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NIH Public Bulletin – September 2011

Read About How HIV Infects the Brain and How Light Affects Our Bodies in Findings

Format: Booklet
Institute: National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Did you know that light (or the lack of it) can affect our moods, memory, and sleep? Or that HIV can affect the brain? Learn more in Findings magazine, a free publication from NIGMS written in easy-to-understand language.

The 10th anniversary edition of Findings profiles the cutting-edge work of two young researchers:

  • George Hightower researches mutations in the DNA of HIV that could mean the difference between a healthy mind and dementia.
  • Cara Altimus is a postdoctoral researcher who examines how a light-sensing part of the brain plays a role in sleep disorders, certain brain diseases, and our bodies' daily rhythms.

The September 2011 issue also features articles about sugar particles that can detect cholera, an enzyme that can trigger respiratory illness, stem cells that form intestinal tissue, and more!

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This page last reviewed on August 23, 2012

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