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

Secondary blood infection linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes

People with severe COVID-19 and a secondary blood infection had longer hospital stays and poorer outcomes, research finds.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~4 min

Bartonella infection can bring mental symptoms

There's growing evidence that Bartonella infection can involve skin lesions and mental symptoms, report researchers.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~5 min

Vaping may up your risk of lung disease by over 40%

People who used e-cigarettes in the past were 21% more likely to develop respiratory disease, and current users had a 43% higher risk, a new study finds.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
Nov. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Why do older people heal more slowly?

Healing is a complicated process. As people age, higher rates of disease and the fact that old cells lose the ability to divide slow this process down.

Matthew Steinhauser, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~9 min

No, soaring COVID-19 cases are not due to more testing – they show a surging pandemic

COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing across the US. Testing has ramped up over the past few months, but increasing hospitalizations, deaths and test-positivity rates show that the virus is out of control.

Zoë McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Is the Covid vaccine safe for me? And other questions

We answer some of your questions about the Pfizer vaccine for coronavirus.

Nov. 13, 2020 ~1 min

People's bodies now run cooler than 'normal' – even in the Bolivian Amazon

'Normal' body temperature has declined in urban, industrialized settings like the US and UK. Anthropologists find the trend extends to Indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon – but why?

Thomas Kraft, Postdoctoral Scholar in Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19

Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.

Steve Davis, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management and Leadership, West Virginia University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~8 min

A second pathway into cells for SARS-CoV-2: New understanding of the neuropilin-1 protein could speed vaccine research

Scientists in the UK and Germany discovered a new doorway that the COVID-19 virus uses to infect human cells. This reveals new therapeutic possibilities for blocking the virus.

Aubin Moutal, Research Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~10 min