Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Portugal returns to COVID restrictions despite high jab rate

Portugal is bringing back some tight pandemic restrictions, less than two months after scrapping most of them when the goal of vaccinating 86% of the population against COVID-19 was reached.

Medical research

Respiratory virus reprograms airway epithelial cells

Infection with respiratory syncytial virus during infancy results in metabolic reprogramming of epithelial cells lining the airway, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the journal Viruses.

Immunology

A potential role for ibuprofen in older adults' immunity to RSV

New research suggests there may someday be a role for ibuprofen in providing older adults with lasting immunity against RSV, a virus commonly associated with infants and young kids that also rivals the flu as a dangerous ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Microbiome discovery could help save kids' hearing

Bacteria found in children's upper respiratory systems could help fight chronic middle ear infections, the leading cause of preventable hearing loss and deafness in Indigenous communities.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Q&A: Is the common cold really much worse this year?

Many people are reporting the "worst cold ever". But are colds really much worse this year? And, if so, what is causing it? We asked consultant microbiologist Fidelma Fitzpatrick to explain.

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