Lab-made mini-lungs mimic real COVID infections

Living human lung air sacs grown in a lab in tiny dishes mimic the real thing. These mini-lungs could accelerate COVID-19 research, scientists report.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~7 min

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More PT and OT cuts death risk for pneumonia patients

Physical therapy and occupational therapy leads to fewer hospital readmissions and lower death risk for patients with pneumonia, a new study shows.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt • futurity
Sept. 30, 2020 ~4 min

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Proof-of-concept COVID-19 vaccine prevents pneumonia in mice

An experimental vaccine is effective at preventing pneumonia in mice infected with the COVID-19 virus, a new study shows.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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What doctors know about lingering symptoms of coronavirus

Is it possible that people who recover from COVID-19 will be plagued with long term side effects from the infection? An infectious disease physician reviews the evidence so far.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

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What does 'survival of the fittest' mean in the coronavirus pandemic? Look to the immune system

Who is most likely to survive an infection of the new coronavirus? Two immunologists explain that it is those who mount exactly the right immune response – not too weak, not too strong.

Mitzi Nagarkatti, SmartState Endowed Chair of Center for Cancer Drug Discovery, Carolina Distinguished Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

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What we do and do not know about COVID-19's infectious dose and viral load

Two phrases you hear a lot these days are viral load and infectious dose. What do they mean? Do they reflect the severity of disease or whether someone will get severely ill? Two experts explain.

Seema Lakdawala, Assisstant Professor, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~6 min

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What we do and do not know about COVID-19's infectivity and viral load

Two phrases you hear a lot these days are viral load and infectious dose. What do they mean? Do they reflect the severity of disease or whether someone will get severely ill? Two experts explain.

Seema Lakdawala, Assisstant Professor, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Tool predicts who’ll get seriously sick from COVID-19

A new artificial intelligence tool predicts which patients will develop severe respiratory disease due to COVID-19. It could help fight the spread.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~6 min

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After infection, lung immune cells remember for next time

After recovering from an infection, immune cells in the lungs remember the battle for next time, which may boost defenses against pneumonia.

Boston University • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~3 min

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