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New airway-hugging immune cells discovered in the lung

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown subset of immune cells residing in the lung that specifically combat viral infections. The respiratory tract is particularly susceptible to invading viral pathogens, such as influenza, or SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Alveolar macrophages, or AMs …


One dollar kit diagnoses COVID-19 in 10 minutes

Researchers have begun efficacy testing for a new SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic kit that claims to be able to test for COVID-19 infection in just 10 minutes. In the absence of approved COVID-19 vaccines or antiviral therapies, a cost-effective and widely-available diagnostic kit is the best bet for flattening the curve …


Diagnosing Cancer: SMOC2 and Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is the most common of the endocrine cancers, with papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs) being the most common form. Thyroid cancer has excellent diagnostic tools, yet there are still some cases that progress post treatment and a few that are not caught at all. A group from Jeju, South Korea decided to …



Diagnosing Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder (APD), a mental disorder, is sometimes referred to as sociopathy. Persons with the disorder often show no regard for right or wrong and tend to ignore the feelings of others. They also tend to be manipulative and antagonistic towards others. They will often treat other people …



How Particle Physicists can Lend a Hand to the Search for SARS-CoV-02 Cure, Explained

With vaccines at least one year away and no proven effective treatment, the world has witnessed the loss of over 20,000 lives due to the SARS-CoV-02 infection. The medical community seems so helpless in the face of the deadly pandemic. After a small handful …


How Stress Restructures the Brain

Stress doesn’t only exacerbate our physiology- from our cardiovascular system to our immune system and digestive system. Now, new research has found that it also may change how our brains develop. For the study, researchers used mouse models to examine an area of the brain known as the cerebellum, thought to have a large role in regulating our emotions …


Researchers Suggest Repurposing Pancreatitis Drug to Treat COVID-19

As SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, upends normalcy in the world, researchers are trying to learn more about the virus, and are searching for ways to treat the infection. While there is a promising drug in development (remdesivir, by Gilead Sciences) …


Over 90% Cannabis Products Too High for Pain Relief

New research has found that the vast majority of legal cannabis products across the US are stronger than necessary for pain relief. Although many may interpret this as a good thing, researchers warn that such high levels may produce unwanted negative side effects among users. Many earlier studies have found …


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