Lottery-based incentives do not increase COVID-19 vaccination rates

(Boston)–Would you be more willing to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus if you could participate in a lottery for cash and prizes? The answer was surprisingly no, according to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researchers who found that Ohio’s “Vax-a-Million” lottery-based incentive system, intended to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, was not associated with…

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UMass Amherst research pinpoints role of dopamine in songbird’s brain plasticity

IMAGE: Luke Remage-Healey is a professor of psychological and brain sciences at UMass Amherst. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst Neuroscientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have demonstrated in new research that dopamine plays a key role in how songbirds learn complex new sounds. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the finding that dopamine drives plasticity…

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More than half of wheelchair users with spinal cord injury needed repairs in past 6 months

IMAGE: While wheelchairs enable mobility for many individuals with spinal cord injury, the need for repairs and maintenance can hinder their ability to engage in their communities. view more  Credit: Kessler Foundation East Hanover, NJ. July 2, 2021. Among wheelchair users with spinal cord injury 42 percent reported adverse consequences related to needing wheelchair repair, according…

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UArizona Center for Rural Health receives grant to continue health services to rural Arizona

The Arizona Center for Rural Health’s mission to improve the health and wellness of Arizona’s rural and vulnerable populations through its state and federally designated and funded State Office of Rural Health program will continue thanks to a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). “We are very honored and…

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NYUAD study maps nanobody structure, leading to new ways to potentially fight diseases

Fast facts: Nanobodies have been shown to inhibit the dysfunction of key proteins involved with various diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, B-cell lymphoma, and breast cancer Understanding the structure of a nanobody helps to better understand its disease-fighting potential Typically, the protein structure is determined from solid samples. Researchers at NYUAD used a…

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National Institutes of Health funds neural engineering graduate training program

Penn State has a new cross-disciplinary program to train graduate students interested in the complex landscape of the human brain, supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Faculty from the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering recently launched the predoctoral training program to encourage collaboration among STEM — or…

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