Microbiology & Virology

The big question: How worried should we still be about COVID-19?

This month we ask: “How worried should we still be about COVID-19?”

Tech news: March 2023

This month's top tech news stories

“Cardiovascular deaths increased with COVID-19”

More people in the US died from cardiovascular-related causes in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, than in any year since 2003, according to the American Heart Association’s 2023 update.

Rapid, sensitive point-of-care-testing

Functionalised nanoparticles could soon revolutionise point-of-care diagnostics, it is claimed.

Autoimmune diseases revisited pt.1

Following articles on Addison’s, Crohn’s and Graves, this review describes some significant historical developments in our understanding of autoimmunity.

Role of glucose in a deadly kidney disease

A research team has developed a new approach to better understand the biology of polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

Recent advances and updates in biomedical science

Deputy Editor Guy Orchard summarises a review paper and looks at planned special issues of the British Journal of Biomedical Science.

Replacing injections with pills?

A new paper explores a better way of delivering medications that does not require injections but could be as easy as swallowing a pill.

Trial to rapidly find flu treatments

A national trial has launched that aims to use pandemic lessons to help quickly find effective treatments for people hospitalised with severe flu.

Universal flu vaccine? Twenty strains, one jab

Scientists in Pennsylvania have developed an mRNA vaccine for flu that could serve as a “general preventative measure against future flu pandemics”.

Gut microbes disturbed by COVID-19 infection

In an intensive look at the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on patients’ microbiomes, scientists found that acute infection disrupts a healthy balance between good and bad microbes in the gut, especially with antibiotic treatment.