Minority students widely underrepresented in autism identification, study shows

In education circles, it is widely accepted that minorities are overrepresented in special education. New research from the University of Kansas has found, in terms of autism, minorities are widely underrepresented in special education. The underrepresentation varies widely from state to state and shows that students from all backgrounds are not being identified accurately, resulting […]

What causes itchy fingers?

Causes and symptoms Contact dermatitis Dyshidrotic eczema Psoriasis Diabetic peripheral neuropathy Scabies Treatment When to see a doctor Outlook Chronically itchy fingers can be uncomfortable and can get in the way of daily life. Itchy fingers may be the only symptom or may occur along with a rash or small blisters, depending on the cause. […]

Can the eyes really turn purple?

Conditions that change eye color Natural changes with age Heterochromia iridis Fuchs’ heterochromic uveitis (FHU) Horner’s syndrome Pigmentary glaucoma Tumors of the iris Medicated eye drops When to see a doctor Takeaway Alexandria’s genesis is an online myth. It claims that a genetic mutation turns some people into “perfect” human beings. This is fiction, but […]

The headache of adapting to the cold, literally

Frequency of the adaptive allele in several human populations (from the 1000 Genomes dataset). Credit: Felix M. Key, MPI-EVA multimedia department and colleagues; CCAL Frequency of the adaptive allele in several human populations (from the 1000 Genomes dataset). Credit: Felix M. Key, MPI-EVA multimedia department and colleagues; CCAL Close A common genetic variant implicated in […]

Discovery of immune cells able to defend against mutating viruses could transform vaccine development

Scientists have found immune cells can fight different strains of the same virus — a discovery which could help transform vaccine development. Vaccines become ineffective when a virus mutates, and tackling this problem is a priority for researchers. Vaccinations aim to stimulate the body to produce “memory” cells which provide long-lasting protection from disease. Until […]