Your brain is what makes you, you. It helps you think and remember, creates your personality and also determines if you are happy or sad. And that’s in addition to controlling breathing, heart rate and other biological functions that are critical for survival. The brain is the most precious of all human possessions. What could be more important, then, than taking care of your brain? Your brain health is what matters most for your entire lifetime.
At NINDS, our mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. What makes cells in one part of the brain more likely to get damaged than cells in other areas? When brain cells are talking to one another, can we listen in on the conversation? Is it possible to treat, or prevent, neurological disorders? At NINDS, we look at all aspects of brain science, from the molecular building blocks that form brain cells and their connections to the effectiveness of a treatment on hundreds of people suffering from a neurological disease.
That’s where Brain for Life comes in. We want to serve as your one-stop shop for information on the brain and nervous system.
Know Stroke: Know the Signs. Act in Time.
NINDS has long been a leader in public health campaigns. Through the Know Stroke, Know the Signs, Act in Time campaign, people learned that stroke is an emergency and must be treated right away.
Mind Your Risks
NINDS developed Mind Your Risks, to let people know that high blood pressure increases not only the risk of stroke and heart disease, but can also lead to dementia later in life. You may not be able to do much about taxes, traffic, or long lines at the grocery store, but you can do something about your blood pressure. Take charge of your health today, help prevent stroke & dementia tomorrow. Nobody’s got you, like you got you. (Video)
Update: The Migraine Trainer app is undergoing routine maintenance and will be back up again shortly.
Migraine Trainer is an app that allows teens to take control of their migraines, by keeping track of what brought a migraine on, and what helped them get through it.
Learn more about Migraine Trainer™ (pdf, 281 kb)
NINDS Brain Educational Resources
NINDS provides great educational resources and activities related to brain health and function for parents, students, and teachers.