Vanda Pinto, PhD, science writer —

​​Vanda is a biochemist with a PhD in biomedicine from the University of Porto, Portugal. She conducted her postdoctoral research first at the Bristol Medical School, U.K., studying the insulin-PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in diabetic nephropathy, then at the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto, where her focus was on glycosylation in lupus nephritis and inflammatory bowel disease. She next made the switch to science publishing, handling papers in biochemistry, molecular biology, and immunology.

Articles by Vanda Pinto

Trikafta Improves Lung Function, Eases Inflammation in CF: Study

Trikafta (elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor) improved lung function and reduced inflammation throughout the body over six months in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), a new study reports. Treatment with the triple-combination therapy also reduced detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, two harmful bacteria that can cause…

Supplemental Oxygen May Alter Lung Microbiome in CF Patients

Supplemental oxygen lessened the abundance of some microbial species in sputum samples from people with cystic fibrosis (CF) while sparing others, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, the main causes of bacterial lung infections in patients, a study reported. A need for caution exists when using supplemental oxygen, “historically ……

LGG Supplement May Ease CF By Changing Gut Microbiome

Children with cystic fibrosis (CF) whose intestinal microbe populations — or gut microbiome — were dominated by Bifidobacteria had fewer hospitalizations and pulmonary exacerbations, needed fewer antibiotics, and showed lower inflammation in the gut than children with a gut microbiota favoring Bacteroides, a study reported. A dominance of Bifidobacteria…

Home Monitoring in CF May Help Detect Pulmonary Exacerbations

Home monitoring with a mobile phone-linked spirometry device may provide an effective way of detecting pulmonary exacerbations — episodes of a sudden worsening of respiratory symptoms — in people with cystic fibrosis (CF), a pilot study suggests. The findings showed more pulmonary exacerbations were identified through home monitoring…

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