Inflammatory disorders

New imaging agent spotlights inflammation

Many of the most common diseases—cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and lung disease, and even COVID-19—have been linked to chronic or excessive inflammation. Blood tests can indicate that some part of a person's body is ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Type III interferon in COVID-19: Protective or harmful?

Our immune system makes interferons and other cytokines to help us fight viruses. But in COVID-19, we've learned that they can also contribute to damaging, potentially life-threatening lung inflammation. New work published ...

Medical research

Worm extract found to reduce inflammation in mouse models

A team of researchers from Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Australia has found that a substance isolated from roundworm larvae was able to reduce inflammation in the airways of mice. In their paper published in the journal ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Obesity ups odds for severe COVID-19 in younger patients

It's clear that age and chronic disease make bouts of the pandemic coronavirus more severe—and even deadly—but obesity might also put even younger people at higher risk, a pair of new studies suggest.

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