Medical research

Immunologists identify T cell homing beacons for lungs

Scientists have identified a pair of molecules critical for T cells, part of the immune system, to travel to and populate the lungs. A potential application could be strengthening vaccines against respiratory pathogens such ...

Immunology

Common denominator that triggers asthma in favorable environments

In recent decades, asthma has become a major public health problem. The exponential increase in asthma cases in industrialized countries over the past 50 years is due to major changes in the environment. Among these environmental ...

Medications

A breath test for opioids

A test to detect opioid drugs in exhaled breath has been developed by engineers and physicians at the University of California, Davis. A breath test could be useful in caring for chronic pain patients as well as for checking ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

ATS/IDSA publishes clinical guideline on community acquired pneumonia

The American Thoracic Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America have published an official clinical guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of adults with community acquired pneumonia (CAP) in the ATS's Oct. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Towards better hand hygiene for flu prevention

Rubbing hands with ethanol-based sanitizers should provide a formidable defense against infection from flu viruses, which can thrive and spread in saliva and mucus. But findings published this week in mSphere challenge that ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

How pregnancy changes women's metabolism and immune systems

Some of the changes that happen to a woman's body during pregnancy are more obvious than others. We all know that women usually get a visible bump, they might have morning sickness initially, and swollen ankles later on, ...

Medical research

Mapping the structure of the influenza A virus genome

A team of researchers from the U.K., Australia and the U.S. has mapped the structure of the influenza A virus genome. In their paper published in the journal Nature Microbiology, the group describes their genetic analysis ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Flu season moderate, not 'mutant'

The media has misrepresented the current influenza season based on testing numbers rather than test positivity rates, generating unnecessary fear in the community, according to the authors of a letter published online by ...

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