Molecular stress indicator not observed in survivors of child sexual abuse

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Researchers and medical experts have long known that child sexual abuse has profoundly negative effects on the health of survivors; however, an international team of researchers was not able to find a link between the abuse and telomere length, considered an indicator of cellular aging and health. Telomeres — molecular complexes…

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Reopen Mapping Project shows health & job tradeoffs for policies in US cities

As states and cities grapple with how to reopen businesses, schools, and other staples of everyday life amid surges in COVID-19 infections, Asst. Prof. Abhishek Nagaraj and a team of researchers across four universities are building an interactive website that shows how different policies affect employment and the number of deaths from the virus. The…

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Drexel study: Measuring social networks of young adults with autism

As many have recently discovered, social connections are vital to a person’s wellbeing. While social isolation is a core challenge associated with autism, researchers from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute have laid the groundwork to show how interpersonal relationships, and the resources they provide, could impact autistic youth’s adult outcomes. “Many autistic young…

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Autism-cholesterol link

Researchers at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northwestern University have identified a subtype of autism arising from a cluster of genes that regulate cholesterol metabolism and brain development. The researchers say their findings, published Aug. 10 in Nature Medicine, can inform both the design of precision-targeted therapies for this specific form of…

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Coronavirus News: Strong Immunity May Follow Even Mild Cases

Here’s what you need to know: ImageDisease-fighting antibodies and special immune cells appear to persist months after coronavirus infections have resolved, new research shows.Credit…Farooq Khan/EPA, via Shutterstock Even mild Covid-19 cases confer ‘durable immunity,’ new studies find. Scientists who have been monitoring immune responses to the coronavirus for months are now starting to see encouraging…

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Fearing a ‘Twindemic,’ Health Experts Push Urgently for Flu Shots

As public health officials look to fall and winter, the specter of a new surge of Covid-19 gives them chills. But there is a scenario they dread even more: a severe flu season, resulting in a “twindemic.” Even a mild flu season could stagger hospitals already coping with Covid-19 cases. And though officials don’t know…

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You May Not Know This Pandemic Winner, but Your Tween Probably Does

When her middle school closed in March, Garvey Mortley stopped going to lacrosse practice and playing drums in the school band. With so much time at home, she leaned into another interest: Roblox, an online gaming site and app with Lego-like characters and millions of virtual worlds to explore. Sprawled on the floor of her…

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Dr. Jay Galst, a Specialist in Eyes and Coins, Dies at 69

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. When Dr. Jay M. Galst was a boy in Milwaukee, his father, who owned a grocery, would bring home coins from the day’s receipts, and young Jay would enjoy searching through them for wheat pennies,…

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