Good nutrition can contribute to keeping COVID-19 and other diseases away

Many of us don't get an adequate amount of nutrients.

Grayson Jaggers, Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  health  diet  covid-19  coronavirus  obesity  immune-system  food  nutrition  junk-food

Steroids cut COVID-19 death rates, but not for everyone – here’s who benefits and who doesn’t

Three new studies show corticosteroids can reduce deaths in critically ill COVID-19 patients. But what about other patients?

Bryan McVerry, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Sept. 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology pandemic science hospitals research icu medication steroids

CRISPR can help combat the troubling immune response against gene therapy

The immune system is trained to destroy viruses, even when they carry therapeutic cargo as is the case in gene therapy. Now researchers have figured out how to dial down the immune response.

Samira Kiani, Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  innovation  health  medicine  crispr  inflammation  immune-system  gene-therapy  gene-editing  viruses  steroids

Cambridge to lead national consortium examining immune response to SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

The University of Cambridge and Royal Papworth Hospital have secured £1.5million of funding as part of the national effort by UK immunologists to understand

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus immune-system

Declining antibodies and immunity to COVID-19 – why the worry?

If antibody levels drop dramatically after an infection, what does that mean for immunity? An expert explains how B and T cells contribute to immunity and why antibodies don't tell the full story.

Alexander (Sasha) Poltorak, Professor of Immunology, Tufts University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 immune-system pandemic sars-cov-2 adaptive-immune-response innate-immune-response immune-response t-cell antibody b-cell

IBD: How a class of killer T cells goes rogue in inflammatory bowel disease

Researchers discover clues to the origin of inflammatory bowel disease and a possible strategy for treatment.

John Chang, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: inflammatory-bowel-disease crohns-disease immune-system t-cells adaptive-immune-response innate-immune-response

Honey bees can't practice social distancing, so they stay healthy in close quarters by working together

Life in a honey bee hive is all about cooperating for the collective good.

Phil Starks, Associate Professor of Biology, Tufts University • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 insects immune-system bees cooperation social-distancing pollinators beekeeping pathogens honeybees behavioral-ecology

How COVID-19 might increase risk of memory loss and cognitive decline

Many patients suffering from COVID-19 exhibit neurological symptoms, from loss of smell to delirium to a higher risk of stroke. Down the road, will COVID-19 survivors face a wave of cognitive issues?

Natalie C. Tronson, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  alzheimers-disease  covid-19  coronavirus  inflammation  immune-system  dementia  memory  pandemic  pneumonia  cognitive-decline  flu-shot

Yes, kids can get COVID-19 – 3 pediatricians explain what's known about coronavirus and children

Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.

Shipra Gupta, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease, West Virginia University • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: children public-health coronavirus immune-system school death transmission sars-cov-2 disease reopening infection masks kawasaki-disease kids covd-19

Cell-like decoys could mop up viruses in humans – including the one that causes COVID-19

Nanoparticles dressed up in cell membranes snag SARS-CoV-2 virus particles before they reach human cells.

Liangfang Zhang, Professor of Nanoengineering, University of California San Diego • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus immune-system nanotechnology pandemic vaccines treatment covid-19-vaccine biomedical-research covid-19-therapy

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