Coronavirus: why we're using llamas to help fight the pandemic

'Nanobodies' produced by the llama immune system can neutralise the virus that causes COVID-19.

Gary Stephens, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Reading • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: immune-system antibodies coronavirus covid-19

Blocking the deadly cytokine storm is a vital weapon for treating COVID-19

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.

Alexander (Sasha) Poltorak, Professor of Immunology, Tufts University • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: immune-system pandemic inflammation coronavirus viruses immune-response pathogen covid-19 sars-cov-2

Coronavirus: we must step up research to harness immense power of the immune system

Figuring out how the immune system responds to and defeats coronavirus is our best way out of the pandemic.

Sheena Cruickshank, Professor in Biomedical Sciences, University of Manchester • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: immune-system coronavirus covid-19

What needs to go right to get a coronavirus vaccine in 12-18 months

Vaccine development is usually a long process. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing researchers to innovate and test potential vaccines faster than ever before.

Marcos E. García-Ojeda, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Merced • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: dna vaccines fda immune-system clinical-trials rna health coronavirus food-and-drug-administration immune-response immune coronavirus-vaccine sars-cov-2

A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic – but is it Kawasaki disease?

A biomedical researcher and pediatrician who works with Kawasaki disease and COVID-19 explains the similarities and differences in the worrisome cases doctors are starting to see.

Mark Hicar, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: children medicine immune-system pandemic biomedical-research health coronavirus viruses covid-19 antibody kawasaki-disease

A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic – but don't be too quick to tie it to Kawasaki disease

A biomedical researcher and pediatrician who works with Kawasaki disease and COVID-19 explains the similarities and differences in the worrisome cases doctors are starting to see.

Mark Hicar, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: children medicine immune-system pandemic biomedical-research health coronavirus viruses covid-19 antibody kawasaki-disease

The puzzling questions of the coronavirus: A doctor addresses 6 questions that are stumping physicians

Mysteries surround the coronavirus, but our expert is here to address some of the most perplexing issues.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  infectious-diseases  immune-system  pandemic  cdc  coronavirus  infections  severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars  coronavirus-symptoms  covid-19  cytokine-storm

Exercise may help reduce risk of deadly COVID-19 complication: ARDS

The health benefits of exercise for our mind and body are well documented. But did you know that exercise could lower the risks of the most dangerous COVID-19 complication?

Zhen Yan, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  exercise  immune-system  antioxidants  pandemic  coronavirus  free-radicals  lungs  covid-19  sars-cov-2

Your genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital – and we're starting to unravel which ones matter

Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.

Reid Thompson, Assistant Professor of Radiation Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: genetics biology disease immune-system cells genes coronavirus immune-cells viruses computational-biology white-blood-cells immune t-cells covid-19 research-brief

How people react to the threat of disease could mean COVID-19 is reshaping personalities

Human psychology has evolved to avoid situations that could lead to infection. Behavioral choices now could have long-term effects on how people interact with others and the world.

Vivian Zayas, Associate Professor of Psychology, Cornell University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: psychology infectious-diseases disease immune-system disgust pathogens coronavirus infection diseases pathogen personality germs health-behaviors behavior covid-19 sars-cov-2 anthony-fauci

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