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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.

FABBS Welcomes New Member: Society for the Scientific Study of Reading

April 20th, 2017

The FABBS Board is pleased to welcome the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR) as a new member scientific society. SSSR joins numerous other scientific societies that share an interest in advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

SSSR’s purpose is to promote the scientific study of reading and to share information about reading, language, and literacy with the public. The Society was formed in 1993, and currently has 526 members,

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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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