Air pollution-induced immune surveillance deficits in the lungs increase the risk of respiratory disease with aging

In a recent research briefing published in Naturopathyresearchers emphasized the importance of air quality in maintaining immune health throughout the human lifespan, particularly lung-related immunity, due to the continuous exposure of the lungs to the environment. Study: Effect of air pollution on the human immune system. Image credit: Lemberg Vectorstudio/Shutterstock Background Aging exacerbates susceptibility to … Read more

A recycled liver drug may be our best bet against COVID-19

The fight against COVID seems to have entered a ping-pong rhythm at the moment, with every step forward seeming to be undermined by a step back. Vaccines are available and hospital admissions have fallen dramatically from previous peaks. But only a fraction of eligible Americans have received the most recent bivalent injection, and the specter … Read more

Researchers are developing potent but low-inflammatory mRNA cancer vaccine vectors

Lipid nanoparticle (LNP)-based messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines have recently emerged as a promising strategy for the prevention and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. LNPs are carriers that safely and effectively deliver nucleic acid vaccines, eliciting a strong immune response. A milestone is the clinical use of leading LNP mRNA vaccines against COVID-19, which … Read more

Where’s all the cold medicine?

Your nose is both stuffy and runny — maybe even at the back of your throat — and you can’t stop sneezing between coughs, leaving your eyes watering and your body hot with fever. The signs of a cold are there, so you head to your local pharmacy for relief. But what you were looking … Read more

A proactive way to detect cancer in its earliest stages

November 2016, German-American entrepreneur Cyriac Roeding read a magazine profile of Sam Gambhir, a physician and scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine. In the article, Gambhir described how he had devoted his career to the early detection of cancer, but lost his teenage son Milan to a very aggressive brain tumor in 2015. Roeding, … Read more

Self-directed care ecosystems can help improve health outcomes and control costs

A vision for building sustainable, self-directed health care that spans primary care, secondary care, and the broader health and social care system has been set forth by medical innovators writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Self-directed healthcare (SDH) is an umbrella term introduced by Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency, … Read more

Hospitals in the St. Louis area are full of flu cases that are rising sharply

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hosital as seen from a helicopter over Forest Park on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Photo by David Carson, [email protected] David Carson ST. LOUIS – The number of flu cases continues to rise in the St. Louis area, putting a lot of pressure on hospitals that are already at or … Read more

Researchers investigate failed SARS-CoV-2 screening at hospital entrances

In a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers evaluated 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) screening failure rates at hospital entrances for visitors, healthcare workers and patients at Yale New Haven Hospital in the United States (US). Study: Analysis of COVID-19 Entry Screening Failure Rates at a US Academic Medical Center. Image credit: True Touch … Read more

Grape consumption protects against ultraviolet UV damage to the skin

A recent human study published this week in the scientific journal Antioxidants found that consuming grapes protected against ultraviolet (UV) damage to the skin. Study subjects showed increased resistance to sunburn after consuming 2 ¼ cups of grapes every day for two weeks. In addition, subjects who exhibited UV resistance also showed unique microbiomic and … Read more

Study identifies risk factors that increase black men’s susceptibility to early-onset prostate cancer

A family history of cancer and genetic variants that may be inherited appear to be important risk factors for black men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, according to a study involving researchers at Duke Health. Kathleen Cooney, MD, chair of the Duke Department of Medicine, is the senior author of the study, which appears online … Read more