Also: Cancer raises risk of dying from COVID-19; how immune response goes wrong 

Autism severity can change substantially during early childhood 

(ScienceDaily, 5/28/20) 

According to research conducted by the University of California-Davis, some children with autism symptoms in early childhood lessen or lose those symptoms by age sixThe study, which included 125 children participating in the longitudinal Autism Phenome Project (APP), showed that girls and children with higher IQs were more likely to display less severe symptoms at age six than at age three. All the children involved in the study received community-based autism intervention. 

How having cancer can put Covid-19 patients at higher risk of dying 

(Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 5/28/20) 

The article discusses the observed increased mortality risk for cancer patients who contract COVID-19. According to data presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, patients with cancer that is spreading were five times likelier to die from COVID-19. Patients with stabilized cancer were still twice as likely to die, compared with the general population. The article discusses several treatments and their apparent effect on COVID-19 mortality. 

Neutrophil Extracellular Traps May Augur Severe COVID-19 

(Alakananda Dasgupta, The Scientist, 5/28/20) 

The article discusses the presence of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in COVID-19 patients. NETs are a natural part of the immune response but can have mortally damaging effects on patients. The article discusses the work of scientists who were already studying NETs, and how their research has pivoted to COVID-19. 

—Stories compiled by Senior Scientific Writer Mary Parker