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Interleukin 27 May Be Key To Fighting Respiratory Syncytial Virus

The cytokine, Interleukin 27 (IL-27), may be the key to fighting and treating respiratory syncytial virus infections, research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine suggests. Viral infections that occur in a patient’s lungs are a significant cause of hospitalization and death […]

Allergic Response Stymied By Starving Immune Cells Of Nutrients

Starving immune cells of key nutrients blunts their ability to launch an allergic response, according to new research from a multi-institutional collaboration led by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators. The findings illuminate how nutrients help drive tissue inflammation caused by the immune system. The insights could lead to new treatments for a wide range of inflammatory […]

Lungs Lose Function As Obese Patients Age

Adult asthma patients who are obese have worse lung function and more difficulty controlling their symptoms than asthma patients who are not obese. A new study traces the path toward worse lung function in children and young adults who become obese as they age. The study followed more than 750 children ages 5-12 into early […]

Sonic Hedgehog Gene Actively Maintains Adult Lung Quiescence

The ‘sonic hedgehog’ gene, best known for controlling embryonic development, also maintains the normal physiological state and repair process of an adult healthy lung, if damaged, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Tissues are not all created equal in their ability to regenerate. Skin and blood […]