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Disarming the immune system's lethal lung response

Neutrophils, the most abundant type of white blood cell, are the body's first line of defense against infection. Foreign pathogens can stress the body and activate neutrophils. When activated, neutrophils employ various weapons ...

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Severe flu risk as immune cells swap with age

Lung infections with the influenza virus or a coronavirus more frequently result in severe disease progression in older people. This is due to an excessive inflammatory reaction that causes damage to the lung tissue. The ...

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A decade later, some veterans find it hard to breathe

For military personnel who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s, burn pits—areas where various waste was burned in open pits—were a visceral reminder of that hellish experience.

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