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08/10 News Flash 3: Can old drugs be repurposed into COVID-19 treatments?

08/10 News Flash 3: Can old drugs be repurposed into COVID-19 treatments?

Image courtesy of Pikist. In the mad dash for COVID-19 antiviral treatments, one shortcut might help researchers avoid the typically long and expensive process of bringing new, safe drugs to market: using older, FDA-approved drugs.  In a study published in

07/08 News Flash 2: Young people should fear COVID-19, too

07/08 News Flash 2: Young people should fear COVID-19, too

Artwork by Ellie Gabriel. If you’re young, you might think you’re safe from the more life-threatening effects of COVID-19. But two recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine document a new, life-threatening COVID-related complication that impacts young

06/15 News Flash 1: Some genes and blood types may put you at risk for COVID-19

06/15 News Flash 1: Some genes and blood types may put you at risk for COVID-19

Art by Sophia Zhao. Can scientists predict how severely you’ll respond to COVID-19? A large coalition of researchers from Spain and Italy, studying DNA of patients from their countries’ epicenters, might have found a key clue in our genes and

06/08 News Flash 5: Why male sex might be a risk factor for COVID-19 death

06/08 News Flash 5: Why male sex might be a risk factor for COVID-19 death

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Male patients account for 60% of COVID-19 deaths globally, and studies have shown that they are two times more likely to die from the virus than female patients. A team of Yale researchers, studying samples

Unraveling a Medical Mystery: Key insights into an immunotherapy target

Unraveling a Medical Mystery: Key insights into an immunotherapy target

Image courtesy of Anusha Bishop The doctors were stumped. The nine-year-old girl in front of them, who would later be code-named patient A.1, was anemic and fatigued. She had a chronic cough and difficulty breathing, and her ears, skin, and

A Toxin Uncovered: Revealing the structure of colibactin, a cancer-causing toxin from bacteria

A Toxin Uncovered: Revealing the structure of colibactin, a cancer-causing toxin from bacteria

Humans have a complicated relationship with bacteria. Some are “germs,” pesky agents of infection that infiltrate us from the outside. Others live inside us as part of our microbiomes, serving essential roles in our digestive and immune systems. But there

New, Inexpensive Nanoscale Polymers Have Many Potential Applications

New, Inexpensive Nanoscale Polymers Have Many Potential Applications

Imagine if we could turn all the world’s saltwater into drinking water using a simple filter with tiny pores to catch salt particles. Such purification technology, which could save millions of lives, may be possible using materials called nanophase-separated block