Developing wound infection tests

The University of Bath and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is launching a new spin-out company that is creating a quick and simple test for diagnosing bacterial infections in wounds, based on technology developed at the University’s Department of Chemistry. SmartWound Limited’s technology uses a color-changing dye […]

Immune cell implicated in development of lung disease following viral infection

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have implicated a type of immune cell in the development of chronic lung disease that sometimes is triggered following a respiratory viral infection. The evidence suggests that activation of this immune cell—a type of guardian cell called a dendritic cell—serves […]

Research identifies obesity and infection link, as well as treatment found on healthy human skin

The list of diseases and conditions complicated by obesity is a long one; it includes heart disease, cancer, diabetes and impaired wound healing, as well as skin infections. It is not always clear, however, in what way this complication is caused. New research from the School of Pharmaceutical Science at […]

Achieving COVID-19 herd immunity through infection is dangerous, deadly and might not even work

White House advisers have made the case recently for a “natural” approach to herd immunity as a way to reduce the need for public health measures to control the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic while still keeping people safe. This idea is summed up in something called the Great Barrington Declaration, a proposal […]

Previous infection with other types of coronaviruses may lessen severity of COVID-19

Being previously infected with coronaviruses that cause the ‘common cold’ may decrease the severity of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infections, according to results of a new study. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, the study also demonstrates that the immunity built […]

Retest for COVID-19 4+ weeks after symptoms first appear to curb infection risk, say researchers

People who’ve had COVID-19 should be swab tested again 4 or more weeks after symptoms first appear to minimise the risk of onward infection, suggests a large population based study in one of Italy’s former coronavirus hotspots, and published in the online journal BMJ Open. This is because SARS-CoV-2, the […]