COVID-19 can have long-term effects on lungs, heart

For some people who get COVID-19, the long-term effects are serious. Here's what we know about the damage it causes to the body.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs featured health-and-medicine hearts

Asthma doesn’t seem to boost COVID-19 risk

Having asthma doesn't appear to increase the risk you'll get a severe or deadly case of COVID-19, researchers report.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 asthma lungs featured health-and-medicine

‘Nanosponges’ draw coronavirus away from lung cells

"I was skeptical at the beginning because it seemed too good to be true. But when I saw the first set of results in the lab, I was just astonished."

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 nanotechnology lungs viruses polymers health-and-medicine immune-systems

Sighs result from many signals to one brain circuit

Sighs get their start in one group of neurons, but instructions from various areas of the brain depend on the reason, research with mice finds.

Emily Kagey-U. Michigan • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neurons lungs brains science-and-technology

Could tiny ‘distracting’ rods save COVID-19 patients?

White blood cells called neutrophils may be central to the immune system overreaction that can kill COVID-19 patients. Could rod-shaped particles help?

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 inflammation lungs white-blood-cells health-and-medicine immune-systems shapes

Lung size ‘mismatch’ may explain COPD in non-smokers

New findings may explain why some non-smokers get COPD while some heavy smokers don't.

Fabienne Landry-McGill • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: smoking lungs health-and-medicine

What is the ACE2 receptor, how is it connected to coronavirus and why might it be key to treating COVID-19? The experts explain

The ACE2 receptor allows the virus that causes COVID-19 to infect and destroy our cells. What is the normal role of ACE2 in the body, and could it be the key to blocking infection?

Rohit Loomba, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  covid-19  heart  inflammation  lungs  sars-cov-2  ace2

COVID-19 puts kids at greater risk than we thought

"...it is important to note that children without chronic illness are also at risk. Parents need to continue to take the virus seriously."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs health-and-medicine chidlrens-health

Heart and lung sensor chip is smaller than a ladybug

A tiny sensor chip smaller than a ladybug detects vibrations from sounds inside the body. It could warn of heart failure or lung problems.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: lungs sensors sound health-and-medicine hearts

Clinical trial tests drug for COVID-19 ‘cytokine storms’

"Cytokine storms" cause the immune system to attack organs, such as the lungs, that they should be protecting. Can the drug EDP1815 help?

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 lungs clinical-trials featured health-and-medicine immune-systems

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