Stronger early immune reaction might make COVID worse

While having a robust immune response to coronavirus infection may sound helpful, a new study shows the opposite may be true.

Leslie Tate-Tulane • futurity
Dec. 3, 2020 ~4 min

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Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 will have side effects – that's a good thing

The side effects of new SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are a result of immune system activation. While uncomfortable, they are both normal and expected. They are a sign that the vaccine is working.

Matthew Woodruff, Instructor, Lowance Center for Human Immunology, Emory University • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~9 min

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‘Cytokine storms’ aren’t behind most COVID-19 lung failures

Few people with severe COVID-19 suffer from unbridled inflammation, researchers report. That suggests anti-inflammatory drugs may not help most patients.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Nov. 23, 2020 ~9 min

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Cigarette smoke can reprogram cells in your airways, causing COPD to hang on after smoking ends

A new discovery offers hope for ways to treat a debilitating disease that has become a leading cause of death in the US..

Bradley Richmond, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Anti-inflammatory drug improves survival in COVID-19 patients

Researchers have found that a targeted therapy with tocilizumab reduced mortality by 30 percent for critically ill COVID-19 patients when administered within the first two days of ICU admission.

Haley Bridger • harvard
Oct. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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New imaging agent zeroes in on lung inflammation

Doctors haven't had a good way to image early inflammation, but tests with mice suggest a new agent could improve things. It could even work on COVID-19.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~8 min

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New imaging agent zeroes in on lung inflammation

Doctors haven't had a good way to image early inflammation, but tests with mice suggest a new agent could improve things. It could even work on COVID-19.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~8 min

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How coronavirus kickstarts deadly lung inflammation

"Why do some people generate this very profound response, especially elderly people or people with underlying health conditions?" New research may explain.

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
Sept. 28, 2020 ~11 min

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How coronavirus kickstarts deadly lung inflammation

"Why do some people generate this very profound response, especially elderly people or people with underlying health conditions?" New research may explain.

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
Sept. 28, 2020 ~11 min

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An optimistic outlook may be a healthier one

A Harvard Chan School study has found a link between optimism and hypertension, describing the positive force as having a “protective effect” on individuals, including those in combat.

Amy Roeder • harvard
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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