NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) was established by Congress in 1962. It one institute among 20 or so institutes under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health. The primary mission is to conduct research, fund research and advocate for topics related to the health of children, adults, families and populations. The specific aim is to reduce infant death, improve health of children, women and men, gain knowledge of human reproduction including fertility and infertility, learn about growth and development, examine and prevent birth defects, mental retardation, developmental disabilities and enhance the well-being of people through their life-span with optimal rehabilitation research. NICHD funds education, research programs and awards grants to universities and scientists. NICHD conducts research in its facilities and supports research at external labs using the grant process. All studies are peer-reviewed and funds are accounted for by yearly accounts to the U.S. Congress Budget Office. Current research includes Genetic Determinants in Obesity and environmental factors in infertility and numerous other studies.

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Earth Sciences

What does a 1.5-degree warming limit mean for China?

As part of the Paris Agreement, nearly all countries agreed to take steps to limit the average increase in global surface temperature to less than 2 degrees C, or preferably 1.5 degrees C, compared with preindustrial levels. ...


Researchers trace spinal neuron family tree

Spinal cord nerve cells branching through the body resemble trees with limbs fanning out in every direction. But this image can also be used to tell the story of how these neurons, their jobs becoming more specialized over ...


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A natural compound previously demonstrated to counteract aspects of aging and improve metabolic health in mice has clinically relevant effects in people, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine ...

Oncology & Cancer

A new method for fighting 'cold' tumors

Not all cancerous tumors are created equal. Some tumors, known as "hot" tumors, show signs of inflammation, which means they are infiltrated with T cells working to fight the cancer. Those tumors are easier to treat, as immunotherapy ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Paris to Berlin in an hour by train? Here's how it could happen.

The hyperloop is what you get when you take a magnetic levitation train and put it into an airless tube. The lack of resistance allows the train, in theory, to achieve unseen speeds, a concept that is edging closer and closer ...

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