Image of the Month — Carbon black nanoparticles at fault in emphysema

Image of the Month — Carbon black nanoparticles at fault in emphysema

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Autopsies on smokers who died with severe emphysema reveal lungs that are black in appearance. These emphysematous lungs strain breathing structures and ultimately other organs. Until recently, researchers and physicians could only guess at the composition of the material that gave the black color to the lungs of smokers. In two … Continue reading

A matter of health: How 2015 Nobel Prize drug might rid Africa of ancient scourges

By Dr. Peter Hotez The announcement that the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to three scientists who developed antiparasitic disease drugs has important implications for sub-Saharan Africa. Two of the scientists – William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura – shared the prize for the discovery of the drug ivermectin. Ivermectin (trading as … Continue reading