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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.

Individualized Medicine with No Side Effects? It’s Already Here

February 16, 2018

We live in an age of personalization, and medicine is increasingly part of that trend. Recent advances in genetic research have allowed medications to be tailored to a person’s DNA profile, for example. But another form of ‘individualized medicine’ has been around far longer: biofeedback, a therapeutic intervention in which patients are trained to recognize and modify their biorhythms. Using electronic monitoring, biofeedback practitioners help patients become aware

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Economic Inequality Is Affecting More Than Our Wallets

February 16, 2018

Economic inequality is a growing concern to Americans. Disparities in wealth and education have a real impact on American lives, especially during childhood. Poverty has deleterious effects on early brain development and even genetics, studies show, in part because toxic stress and adversity increase stress hormones.

Prolonged stress response can negatively impact cognitive functioning and mental health. But there is more to the intertwined story of economics and

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Coalition Meets to Discuss “Human Rights in STEM Education”

February 16, 2018

The AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition hosted on January, 25-26, 2018, a meeting focused on “Human Rights in STEM Education.” The coalition, founded in 2009, aims to connect scientists and human rights practitioners, so that scientific evidence and methods can be used to inform human rights issues around the world.

Rush Holt, AAAS CEO, kicked off the meeting with a reminder of Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “everyone

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FABBS Joins Science CEOs to Call for Increases in Science Funding

February 16, 2018

On the heels of the budget deal reached last week in Congress, the CEOs of numerous scientific organizations temporarily celebrated, but recognized that the increase in the budget caps for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 would not necessarily translate into increases in science funding.

Early this week, Research America coordinated a letter among Science CEOs that thanked the House and Senate leadership (majority and minority), as well as the Chair and Ranking Members of the

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