Vaccination

Nasal spray could mean needle-free COVID-19 vaccine

As the world eagerly awaits the debut of a COVID-19 vaccine, many of us imagine that receiving the immunization will be similar to getting the flu shot: We'll head to the clinic, roll up our sleeve and feel a quick prick ...

Health

Preventing respiratory tract infections with food

On 22 October 2020 pediatrician Ellen van der Gaag will receive her Ph.D. for her thesis titled "Health-promoting effects of nutrition in children." The award ceremony was originally planned for March 2020, but was delayed ...

Immunology

Cells sacrifice themselves to boost immune response to viruses

Whether flu or coronavirus, it can take several days for the body to ramp up an effective response to a viral infection. New research appearing in the journal Nature Immunology describes how different cells in the immune ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Protective immunity to seasonal coronaviruses may be short-lasting

The duration of protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 may be short-lived, suggests a study investigating immunity to four other, similar coronaviruses. The findings from a case study of ten healthy subjects monitored over ...

Medical research

Scent-sensing cells have a better way to fight influenza

Influenza researchers have long focused most of their efforts on the epithelial cells lining the lungs because these are the cells that become infected and killed while producing new copies of the virus.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Coronavirus may be transmitted through the air, experts warn

Experts in infectious disease and population health are increasingly concerned by the possibility of environmental transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus via airborne particles that may potentially travel significant distances ...

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