Inflammation or infection: The debate over COVID’s effect on the brain

Perhaps one of the most persistent debates around COVID has been the reason behind the disease’s neurological symptoms. Ever since SARS-CoV-2 emerged in late 2019 the virus has been known for its novel effects on the brain: Extreme fatigue, cognitive a… Continue reading Inflammation or infection: The debate over COVID’s effect on the brain

“Zombie” COVID particles may be responsible for lethal disease

Following the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in 2020 there are now seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans. Four of those are associated with generally harmless common respiratory infections, but the other three (SARS, SARS-CoV-2 and MERS) are mu… Continue reading “Zombie” COVID particles may be responsible for lethal disease

Virus-mimicking DNA particles deliver vaccine without immune side effects

MIT researchers have delivered a type of vaccine called a particulate vaccine to mice using a virus-mimicking scaffold made from particles of DNA instead of the usual protein particles. It not only generated a robust immune response but avoided the off… Continue reading Virus-mimicking DNA particles deliver vaccine without immune side effects

Blood protein ‘signature’ may be key to long COVID diagnosis & treatment

Undertaking a study of proteins found in the complement system, an important part of the immune system, of patients with long COVID, researchers have identified a blood protein ‘signature’ that may improve the diagnosis and lead to a treatment for the … Continue reading Blood protein ‘signature’ may be key to long COVID diagnosis & treatment

Lax vax resulted in thousands more COVID deaths, UK-wide study shows

The largest study of its kind ever carried out in the UK has found that 7,180 of the 40,393 hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 could have been avoided had the population been fully vaccinated.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Coron… Continue reading Lax vax resulted in thousands more COVID deaths, UK-wide study shows

Exercise makes long COVID worse, and researchers may now know why

One of the most consistently reported symptoms of long COVID is the tendency for strenuous exercise to make the condition worse. Not only does long COVID reduce a person’s capacity for exercise but often broader symptoms will flare up in the days follo… Continue reading Exercise makes long COVID worse, and researchers may now know why

Novel nasal COVID-19 vaccine offers longer, better immunity than jabs

Researchers have developed an intranasal COVID-19 vaccine that enhances the immune system’s response to the virus, providing longer-lasting, greater protection than vaccine injections, even against new and emerging variants. The novel vaccine candidate… Continue reading Novel nasal COVID-19 vaccine offers longer, better immunity than jabs

AI assist allows humble chest X-ray to diagnose COVID with 98% accuracy

Researchers have developed a deep learning-based AI algorithm that automatically analyzes chest X-rays to rapidly detect COVID-19 infection with more than 98% accuracy, distinguishing between normal X-rays and X-rays from people with pneumonia, which o… Continue reading AI assist allows humble chest X-ray to diagnose COVID with 98% accuracy

New COVID variants better infect lungs, could cause more severe disease

A newly published study from researchers at Ohio State University has found the recently emerged BA.2.86 variant of SARS-CoV-2 has a greater propensity for infecting certain lung cells than any prior Omicron variant. The research suggests BA.2.86 could… Continue reading New COVID variants better infect lungs, could cause more severe disease

Plant non-steroidal anti-inflammatory leaves immune system intact

Researchers have developed a novel non-steroidal anti-inflammatory from the active ingredient in a medicinal plant used throughout Southeast Asia. The novel compound doesn’t suppress the innate immune system like currently used corticosteroids do, open… Continue reading Plant non-steroidal anti-inflammatory leaves immune system intact