Could we predict the next Ebola outbreak by tracking the migratory patterns of bats?

Javier Buceta, associate professor of bioengineering, Paolo Bocchini, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and postdoctoral student Graziano Fiorillo of Lehigh University have created a modeling framework that takes a zoonotic perspective on Ebola. The team’s approach works by tracking the migratory patterns of bats, which are believed to be a main carrier of […]

What to know about centrilobular emphysema

Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Inhaled medicines Oxygen supplementation Additional treatments Causes Complications Outlook Centrilobular emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It differs from other forms of emphysema due to its location in the lungs. Centrilobular emphysema is also called centriacinar emphysema. It is most common in people over the age of 50 with […]

Health Tip: Why Get a Biopsy

— A biopsy involves removing bodily tissue to examine it for disease, typically cancer. The procedure also may be used to diagnose other conditions, such as an infection, the Radiological Society of North America says. Some biopsies involve removing a small amount of tissue with a needle, while others entail surgically removing an entire suspicious […]

Research sheds light on a novel disease mechanism in chronic smokers

Research published in the journal Clinical Science suggests that an immune signalling protein called interleukin (IL)-26 is increased among chronic smokers with lung disease and this involvement reveals disease mechanisms of interest for developing more effective therapy for these hard-to-treat patients. Chronic tobacco smokers have a substantially increased rate of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), […]

Target for chikungunya treatment

Scientists have identified a molecule found on human cells and some animal cells that could be a useful target for drugs against chikungunya virus infection and related diseases, according to new research published in the journal Nature. A team led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis conducted the research, which […]