Jon Hamilton Jon Hamilton is a correspondent for NPR's Science Desk. Currently he focuses on neuroscience, health risks, and extreme weather.
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Leaks in a barrier between blood vessels and brain cells could contribute to the development of Alzheimer's. VEM/Science Source hide caption

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Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

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Tilda the orangutan, relaxing between gabfests at the Cologne Zoo. Cologne Zoo hide caption

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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

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By measuring activity in different parts of the brain, neuroscientsts can get a sense of how some people will respond to treatments. John Lund/Getty Images hide caption

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Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

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Barotrauma can cause a fish's eyes to pop out of its head and its stomach to be pushed out of its mouth, according to Chris Lowe, a marine scientist at California State, Long Beach. Jon Hamilton/NPR hide caption

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How Anglers Are Learning To Save Fish That Get 'The Bends'

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Katie Clapp shares a laugh with her son Andy Tranfaglia, 25, at their home in West Newbury, Mass. Andy has a rare genetic condition called fragile X syndrome. Ellen Webber for NPR hide caption

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A Family's Long Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope

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Microsoft Co-Founder Gives $100 Million To Research Roots Of Cancer

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Bob Smithson, 79, can now hold his head upright and breathe on his own, thanks to a medication for myasthenia gravis. M. Scott Brauer for NPR hide caption

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Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

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By increasing the amount of serotonin in the spinal cord, an experimental drug helps nerve connections work better. Bee Smith/Ocean/Corbis hide caption

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A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

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In sighted people, the part of the brain that recognizes faces is linked to the brain's visual system. But in blind people it seems wired to circuits that process sound. Tina Zellmer/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

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A tangle of protein (green) in this scanning electron micrograph of a brain cell of an Alzheimer's patient lies within the cytoplasm (blue) of the cell. The tangle consists of clumps of a toxic form of tau. Thomas J. Deerinck/Corbis hide caption

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Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

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Mariama and Fomba Kanneh play in an open space in Barkedu, Liberia. With schools closed across the country, many kids spend their time playing outside every day. Tommy Trenchard for NPR hide caption

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Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa

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The nursing staff get a break at the Ebola care center run by Doctors Without Borders in Foya, Liberia. The center has helped stop the spread of the virus. Michealeen Doucleff/NPR hide caption

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An Ebola Strategy Brings Good News To One Liberian Town

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A mom at the Community Clinic in Louisiana Township, about 15 miles from Monrovia, says all of her children have been vaccinated. Jon Hamilton/NPR hide caption

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Ebola Is Keeping Kids From Getting Vaccinated In Liberia

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