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FABBS reports on items of interest to many communities – scientists, policymakers, and the public. In our news, you will see updates on science funding and policy, articles that translate research for policy, and descriptions of the research contributions of scientists at all stages of their research careers.

An ounce of prevention for depression and anxiety

April 20th, 2017

A shocking third of Americans have been affected by clinical depression or anxiety in their lifetimes. That high number suggests that mood disorders, which were once thought of as personal problems, may be more accurately thought of as societal problems. Indeed, social and economic trends like the recession of 2008 are correlated with the prevalence of depression. And the implications are societal as well; depression cost the American economy over $200 billion in a

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For Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease, Listen to Patients

April 20th, 2017

Early identification of disease often makes treatment easier and more successful. In recent years, scientists have developed a wide array of tests that use gene sequencing and other biomarkers to improve early detection of many diseases. These efforts are valuable, but often complex and expensive. Neuropsychologist Rebecca Amariglio has been focusing on a more straightforward and often overlooked strategy: asking patients whether they notice early symptoms of disease.

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Uncertainty Surrounding Fiscal Year 2017 Endgame

April 20th, 2017

On April 7, Congress adjourned for a two-week recess, or district work period, without passing legislation to resolve the outstanding Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations for federal agencies, which continue to operate under a Continuing Resolution (CR). Still, negotiations are occurring with hopes of producing an FY 2017 omnibus spending measure.

Most pundits agree, at a minimum, another short-term CR will be necessary to keep the government open beyond April 28,

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March for Science Momentum Builds for Saturday and Beyond

April 20th, 2017

Celebrate science! The March for Science will take place on April 22, 2017 in Washington DC, with over 500 satellite marches taking place elsewhere around the country and the world. Organizers encourage participants to register for their local marches so that they can best plan ahead, and also to note any interesting trends. For example, did you know that only 30% of registered marchers identify as scientists or science educators? The majority of marchers are members of the

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