NIAID Soundbites: Novel Coronavirus Vaccine Research
08
February

NIAID Soundbites: Novel Coronavirus Vaccine Research

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What we know is that this virus is in the same family of viruses like SARS, so it is a kin and about 80% genetically similar to the SARS virus. We know now based on some of the transmission data from China that not only did the virus jump from an animal reservoir into humans, […]


Understanding Mast Cell Activation Disorders

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Patricia Beggiato and her family run a restaurant in Washington, DC. About five years ago, their busy lives took a turn. “My husband always had allergies, heartburn and did not think that was anything to worry about. And then on July 10, 2010, he experienced what we thought was food poisoning after he ate shellfish […]


Bacteria Therapy for Eczema Shows Promise in NIH Study
02
October

Bacteria Therapy for Eczema Shows Promise in NIH Study

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

I’m Lieutenant Commander Ian Myles, and our group here works on atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is an allergic skin disease which is associated with itching; rash; and an increased risk for hay fever, asthma, and food allergies. Atopic dermatitis is caused by a mixture of host factors, or the human factors; environmental causes; and the […]


Partnering with Patients to Advance Asthma Research
15
September

Partnering with Patients to Advance Asthma Research

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[Music] “I’ve had asthma pretty much since I was a little kid, and I wasn’t able to do a lot of things that a lot of people could do, like gym class and things like that.” “When I was a kid, I really wanted to be an astronaut, and I found out that if you […]


Immunology Advance: Blocking Alarmins to Treat Long-Term Disease
31
August

Immunology Advance: Blocking Alarmins to Treat Long-Term Disease

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , /

My name is Kevin Vannella. I am a research fellow in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases. Our focus is on the immune response that gets turned on by tissue injuries caused by allergens that lead to asthma or by parasitic infections in the liver. There’s been a lot of recent interest in the signaling proteins […]


Time-Lapse Video: Allergic Reaction to Cold

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In this time-lapse video, we will see infrared footage of a person’s hand that has just been removed from a bucket of ice water. The hand is dark, depicting cooler temperature, but watch as white patches start to form. These are areas of inflammation, a sign that the person is allergic to cold, a condition […]


How a Drug Becomes a Drug
22
August

How a Drug Becomes a Drug

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Drug research and development aims to prevent or treat disease. While the end result–a small pill or capsule–seems so simple, the process for developing a safe and effective new drug is anything but. Development can take as long as 20 years and cost more than one billion dollars. Like a relay race, drug development has […]