Shot to the bladder could ‘teach’ body to fight urinary tract infections

In a new study with mice, a vaccine administered directly to the bladder cleared the bacteria that cause urinary tract infection. Can it work for people?

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
March 3, 2021 ~4 min

Asthma may lead to dangerous flu mutations

A certain type of asthma may make people more susceptible to flu and also lead to dangerous flu mutations, according to new studies in animals.

U. Queensland • futurity
Feb. 19, 2021 ~4 min

Immune system may keep tabs on the brain from afar

New findings may solve a longstanding mystery about the immune system: How does it know what's going on in the brain? From a distance, researchers say.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Jan. 29, 2021 ~8 min

A universal influenza vaccine may be one step closer, bringing long-lasting protection against flu

You need a new shot every year because current flu vaccines provide limited and temporary protection. But researchers' new strategy could mean a one-and-done influenza vaccine is on the way.

Patricia L. Foster, Professor Emerita of Biology, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 27, 2021 ~10 min

‘Quality control’ system problems may explain food allergies

Researchers have a new theory about the cause of and rise in food allergies. They say it involves the body's natural food quality control system.

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
Jan. 26, 2021 ~6 min

Hyperimmune response model could clarify severe COVID-19

Replication of a hyperimmune response in nonhuman primates could one day lead to treatments for people with severe cases of COVID-19.

Leslie Tate-Tulane • futurity
Jan. 22, 2021 ~5 min

Can an immune cell fix ‘de-age’ the brain?

Researchers have pinpointed a key factor in brain aging and cognitive decline. They say it could be possible to reverse it, too.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Jan. 22, 2021 ~8 min

Hyperimmune response model could clarify severe COVID-19

Replication of a hyperimmune response in nonhuman primates could one day lead to treatments for people with severe cases of COVID-19.

Leslie Tate-Tulane • futurity
Jan. 22, 2021 ~5 min

Can fatty acid in foods fight multiple sclerosis?

Foods like nuts, avocados, and olive oil are rich in a fatty acid called oleic acid. New research suggests it could help some multiple sclerosis patients.

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
Jan. 20, 2021 ~3 min

Clues link gut disease and brain injury in preemies

New research in mice may clarify why premature infants who survive necrotizing enterocolitis also develop a severe brain injury.

Michael E. Newman-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~11 min

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