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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U.S. School District Cancels Classes After Teacher ‘Sick Out’ Over Virus Fears

Here’s what you need to know: ImageTeachers gathered to protest against reopening school in Phoenix in July.Credit…Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press A teachers’ strike closes down a school district in Arizona that was set to begin classes on Monday. A school district outside Phoenix has canceled its plans to reopen schools next week after teachers staged…

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