'Normal' body temperature varies from person to person by age, time of day, where it's measured, and even menstrual cycle. External conditions also influence your thermometer reading.
June 16, 2020 • ~9 min
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If you have had COVID-19 already, are you protected from another bout of the illness? And is the presence of antibodies in your blood a guarantee of immunity?
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COVID-19's deadliness for men is revealing why researchers should have been studying immune system sex differences years ago
Why does COVID-19 hit men harder than women? Is the disparity in mortality rates due male hormones or an underlying difference in the male versus female immune system?
June 9, 2020 • ~8 min
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We blame the coronavirus for the thousands of deaths, but it is actually a hyperactive immune reaction that is the cause of death. An immunologist explains.
May 20, 2020 • ~7 min
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Vaccine development is usually a long process. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing researchers to innovate and test potential vaccines faster than ever before.
May 8, 2020 • ~10 min
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Over-active immune response might be behind higher rates of life-threatening COVID-19 infections in patients with obesity.
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Coronavirus 'cytokine storm': this over-active immune response could be behind some fatal cases of COVID-19
Cytokines ensure our immune system responds effectively to pathogens in our bodies. But in some cases, cytokines can cause the immune system to over-react.
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University of Pittsburgh researchers are developing a vaccine patch for COVID-19 that is as easy to apply as a Band-Aid.
April 8, 2020 • ~5 min
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Different demographics are more or less vulnerable to serious complications from the coronavirus. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.
March 19, 2020 • ~7 min
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