Patricia Inácio, PhD, science writer —

Patricia holds her PhD in cell biology from the University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York, for which she was awarded a Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) fellowship.

Articles by Patricia Inácio

How Resveratrol, Feature of Red Wine, Works to Fight Bacteria-linked Lung Inflammation Detailed in Study

A component of red wine and grapes, resveratrol, was seen to halt the pathogen-induced inflammation common in respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. The study, “Resveratrol suppresses NTHi-induced inflammation via up-regulation of the negative regulator MyD88 short,” was published in the online…

COPD Patients Face Roadblocks to Treatment, According To Experts’ Report

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States. But while significant scientific progress is being made, COPD patients face serious challenges when it comes to treatment access, particularly because  treatments costs are high and hospitals have not yet reached recommended standards for COPD care. The startling opinions,…

COPD’s Unmet Milestones Discussed at 2016 REG Summit

During this year’s Respiratory Effectiveness Group (REG) Summit (2016 REG Summit), researchers from around the globe highlighted the urgent need for more research into current therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to a news release, this concern is in line with the announcement by members of the…

High Levels of Protein in COPD Patients’ Airways Can Increase Risk of Infection

Researchers discovered that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) show increased levels of a protein that inhibits the immune system response against several pathogens, thereby increasing their vulnerability to infections. The study, “Osteopontin That Is Elevated in the Airways during COPD Impairs the Antibacterial Activity of Common Innate…

Protein May Block COPD Bacteria Tied to Uncontrolled Inflammation

Researchers discovered that the CYLD protein turns off pathogen-induced inflammatory responses mediated by the myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88), thereby preventing uncontrolled inflammation from damaging tissues and eventually inducing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study, titled “Deubiquitinase CYLD acts as a negative regulator for bacterium NTHi-induced inflammation…

Asthma Symptoms Found To Help Identify ACOS Patients

In a new study entitled “Defining the Asthma-COPD overlap syndrome in a COPD cohort,” authors show that using clinical asthma features is an effective diagnosis strategy to identify patients with asthma–chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlapping syndrome (ACOS). The study was published in the journal…