Study finds adolescents with autism may engage neural control systems differently

A new study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers suggests that executive control differences in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be the result of a unique approach, rather than an impairment. Executive control difficulties are common in individuals with autism and are associated with challenges completing tasks and managing time. The study, published in Biological…

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Vaccine-induced antibodies may be less effective against several new SARS-CoV-2 variants

BOSTON — SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has mutated throughout the pandemic. New variants of the virus have arisen throughout the world, including variants that might possess increased ability to spread or evade the immune system. Such variants have been identified in California, Denmark, the U.K., South Africa and Brazil/Japan. Understanding how well the…

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Financial strain predicts future risk of homelessness and partly explains the effect of mental illness

March 12, 2021 – Financial strains like debt or unemployment are significant risk factors for becoming homeless, and even help to explain increased risk of homelessness associated with severe mental illness, reports a study in a supplement to the April issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.…

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UMass Amherst’s Kelly N. Haas receives funding to study the hand’s microbiome

AMHERST, Mass. – Skin microbiome researcher Dr. Kelly Haas, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Biology Department, recently began a research partnership with Akron, Ohio-based GOJO Industries to study the structure, stability, and resilience of the hand microbiome. The collaboration focuses on understanding fundamental aspects of the hand’s microbiome: what microbes are supposed to be…

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