‘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

T cells need to ‘relax’ to work best

T cell "relaxation" may helpvexplain the cascading sequence by which invaders prompt the immune system to act.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: t-cells featured health-and-medicine immune-systems

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

Isolation can cut your life short

Isolation and loneliness can have major physical and mental health consequences. New research shows socializing is critical to survival and longevity.

Jason Clement-McGill • futurity
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: isolation loneliness emotions social-lives health-and-medicine lifespan immune-systems

1 gene could unlock the mystery of cancer metastasis

"Patients often ask 'Why am I so unlucky? Why did my cancer spread?' As doctors, we never had an answer... This research provides an explanation."

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
May 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cancer genes melanoma featured health-and-medicine immune-systems metastases

Immune response may cause repeat bladder infections

New research with mice indicates that recurrent bladder infections result from an unusual immune response.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems urinary-tract-infections urine

Asymptomatic spread makes testing key for COVID-19 fight

"Because of asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus, we're going to need a lot more testing and have public health officials actively look for cases."

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 symptoms viruses infections health-and-medicine immune-systems

The malaria parasite has its own internal clock

Understanding how the malaria parasite keeps time could help develop new weapons against a disease that kills a child every two minutes.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: malaria cells parasites health-and-medicine immune-systems

New type of HIV vaccine works in monkeys

A new HIV vaccine shows promise in monkeys for longer-term protection. The work could also help in finding a coronavirus vaccine.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: hiv vaccines antibodies viruses featured health-and-medicine immune-systems

Block immune ‘memory’ to limit organ rejection

Inhibiting the innate immune system's "memory" could offer a way to lengthen the survival of organ transplants and cut the risk of rejection.

Arvind Suresh-U. Pittsburgh • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: t-cells health-and-medicine immune-systems organ-transplants

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