cytokine storm

The perfect storm

by Gertrud U. Rey A small subset of people are more vulnerable to severe complications and death resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection. What causes this vulnerability? An increasing body of evidence suggests that patients suffering from severe COVID-19 often have one or more pre-existing conditions (co-morbidities). In an effort to describe the co-morbidities of COVID-19 patients …

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TWiV 145: The inVinceable TWiV

Hosts: Alan Dove and Rich Condit Alan and Rich tackle the discovery of bacteriophages, and treating influenza by calming the cytokine storm. [powerpress url=”″] Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download TWiV 145 (63 MB .mp3, 87 minutes). Subscribe to TWiV (free) in iTunes , at the Zune Marketplace, by the RSS feed, by …

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Immunopathology: Too much of a good thing

In many viral infections, clinical symptoms such as fever, tissue damage, pain, and nausea are a consequence of the immune response. Damage caused by the immune system  is known as immunopathology. For some viruses that do not directly kill cells (non-cytolytic viruses) the immune response is the main cause of disease. Immunopathology may be caused …

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