July 14, 2021
Considering Others When Considering Getting Vaccinated for COVID-19. Together we came close (67%) but failed to achieve the President’s goal of 70 percent of Americans receiving their first COVID vaccination by Independence Day. Together we must continue to help as many people get vaccinated as can be vaccinated, not only for our own sake but for the sake of others as well. To illustrate how getting vaccinated helps others, I want to share a personal story.
Two and half years ago, after a serious bout of pneumonia, my wife was diagnosed with leukemia. After inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy, she received a bone marrow transplant. We are among the fortunate - her bone marrow transplant was successful, and she is now in remission - but during the many months of treatment, her body was unable to fight infections. Interestingly, the process of replacing her bone marrow also resulted in her immune system starting anew with no built-up immunity from prior infections or from prior vaccinations.
Findings from Recently Published Research
Stress in future fathers has been shown to induce long-lasting changes in sperm cells that can change genetic factors and behavior in later generations. However, it is unknown whether transmission patterns differed depending on fathers’ responses to chronic stress. In a study in mice funded by the NIMH, researchers tested whether fathers’ resiliency or susceptibility to chronic stress impacted behavioral responses in offspring.
How easy is it to get treatment for opioid addiction/opioid use disorder (OUD) if you are female and pregnant? To add to the question, how difficult is it to get treatment if you are pregnant and on public insurance? A study funded by the NIDA sought to answer these questions.
Computational modeling – a potential tool to guide individually tailored language rehabilitation plans for bilingual stroke patients with aphasia
In recently published results from a study supported by the NIDCD, scientists demonstrate the utility of using computer simulations to predict language recovery in bilingual patients with aphasia. Following stroke or other similar brain injuries, aphasia is the most common speech and language disorder that affects bilingual adults.
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