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A Race-Free Approach to Diagnosing Chronic Kidney Disease

Race has a long and tortured history in America. Though great strides have been made through the work of leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to build an equal and just society for all, we still have more work to do, as race continues to factor into American life where it shouldn’t. A medical case in point is a common diagnostic tool for chronic kidney disease (CKD), a condition that affects 1 in 7 American adults and which causes a gradual weakening of the kidneys that, for some, will lead to renal failure.

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COVID-19 Vaccines Protect the Family, Too

Any of the available COVID-19 vaccines offer remarkable personal protection against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. So, it also stands to reason that folks who are vaccinated will reduce the risk of spreading the virus to family members within their households. That protection is particularly important when not all family members can be immunized—as when there are children under age 12 or adults with immunosuppression in the home. But just how much can vaccines help to protect families from COVID-19 when only some, not all, in the household have immunity?

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First Comprehensive Census of Cell Types in Brain Area Controlling Movement

The primary motor cortex is the part of the brain that enables most of our skilled movements, whether it’s walking, texting on our phones, strumming a guitar, or even spiking a volleyball. The region remains a major research focus, and that’s why NIH’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) has just unveiled groundbreaking resources: a complete census of cell types present in the mammalian primary motor cortex along with the first detailed atlas of the region, located along the back of the frontal lobe in humans (purple stripe above).

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