Stroke scans could reveal COVID-19 infection

New research has found that COVID-19 may be diagnosed on the same emergency scans intended to diagnose stroke.

New treatments for deadly lung disease could be revealed by 3D modeling

A 3D bioengineered model of lung tissue is poking holes in decades worth of flat, Petri dish observations into how the deadly disease pulmonary fibrosis progresses.

Imaging agent spotlights inflammation

Researchers have created a new PET imaging agent that detects signs of inflammation. Such a tracer could aid diagnosis and study of diseases ranging from cardiovascular disease to cancer to COVID-19.

Researchers publish striking images of SARS-CoV-2 infected cells

The UNC School of Medicine lab of Camille Ehre, PhD, generated high-powered microscopic images showing startlingly high SARS-CoV-2 viral loads on human respiratory surfaces, ready to spread infection in infected individuals and transmit infection to others.

COVID-19 patients suffer long-term lung and heart damage but it can improve with time

Two studies on COVID-19 show that coronavirus patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage but, for many, this tends to improve over time (findings from first, prospective follow-up of COVID-19 patients); and that the sooner COVID-19 patients started a pulmonary rehabilitation programme after…

RethiNKing which immune cells are the best weapon against lung cancer

Immune cells called ‘natural killer’ (NK) cells could be a powerful weapon for fighting lung cancer, according to researchers. Studying preclinical and patient samples of small cell lung cancer (SCLC), the team revealed that NK cells – but not T cells – are essential…

Vaccines against respiratory infections linked to fewer heart failure deaths

Influenza and pneumonia vaccinations are associated with fewer hospital deaths in patients with heart failure. That’s the result of a study in nearly 3 million Americans. One out of five individuals will develop heart failure in their lifetime. An estimated 26 million people are…

Researchers identify RNA molecule that helps lung cancer cells evade immune system

Researchers have identified a non-coding RNA molecule that helps lung cancer cells proliferate and avoid being killed by the body’s immune cells. The study suggests that targeting this RNA molecule could boost the effectiveness of immunotherapies that are currently only successful in approximately 20…

Lung injuries from vaping have characteristic patterns on CT

Injuries to the lungs from vaping have suggestive patterns on CT scans that could help physicians make accurate diagnoses and reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to a new study.

Reprogramming immune cells to reduce inflammation, promote tissue repair

A new study suggests that macrophage programming is more complex than previously thought.