COVID-19 causes some patients' immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illness
Are antibodies that attack a patient's own organs contributing to severe forms of COVID-19? A new study suggests specific antibody tests that may reveal the answer.
yesterday • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 immune-system pandemic antibodies sars-cov-2 viruses autoimmune-diseases autoimmune-illness
Man-made chemical disrupt the activities of most human genes. What effect does this have on human health and how should regulators respond?
Oct. 15, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: health environment metabolism obesity immune-system genes toxicology
Patients suffering from severe COVID-19 may be experiencing a rogue antibody response similar to that seen in autoimmune diseases. The findings offer new approaches for COVID-19 therapy.
Oct. 8, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 immune-system pandemic sars-cov-2 viruses infection cytokine-storm antibody autoimmune-diseases b-cell
Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages
Older coronavirus patients face grimmer outlooks. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.
Oct. 2, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus immune-system t-cells immunology aging donald-trump sars-cov-2 immunity adaptive-immune-response innate-immune-response immune-response white-blood-cells t-cell immune-function coronavirus-pandemic diagnostic-test
One small part of a human antibody has the potential to work as a drug for both prevention and therapy of COVID-19
Antibodies are great for neutralizing viruses. But they are big and bulky. Antibody engineers are now creating smaller synthetic antibody-like molecules that may be better for fighting COVID-19.
Oct. 1, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: health medicine immune-system pandemic immunology sars-cov-2 covid-19-pandemic ace2 antibody innovation-and-invention covid-19-research
Several vaccines are in Phase 3 trials. So when will we know whether any of these will protect against COVID-19?
Sept. 22, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: covid-19 immune-system pandemic fda vaccines sars-cov-2 phase-3-trial immune-response vaccine-trials covid-19-vaccine vaccine-safety vaccine-approval
Many of us don't get an adequate amount of nutrients.
Sept. 17, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: health diet covid-19 coronavirus obesity immune-system food nutrition junk-food
Three new studies show corticosteroids can reduce deaths in critically ill COVID-19 patients. But what about other patients?
Sept. 4, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: medicine covid-19 coronavirus immune-system biology pandemic science hospitals research icu medication steroids
The immune system is trained to destroy viruses, even when they carry therapeutic cargo as is the case in gene therapy. Now researchers have figured out how to dial down the immune response.
Sept. 3, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: innovation health medicine crispr inflammation immune-system gene-therapy gene-editing viruses steroids
If antibody levels drop dramatically after an infection, what does that mean for immunity? An expert explains how B and T cells contribute to immunity and why antibodies don't tell the full story.
Aug. 26, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: covid-19 immune-system pandemic sars-cov-2 adaptive-immune-response innate-immune-response immune-response t-cell antibody b-cell
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