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Can scientists change mucus to make it easier to clear, limiting harm to lungs?
November 12, 2018
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.For people with conditions such as cystic fibrosis and COPD, mucus can get too thick and sticky; coughing alone can't clear it. Infections develop, leading to severe chronic disease and early death. Now, for the first time, scientists at the University of North Carolina and Duke University showed why coughing often cannot tear mucus apart and away from the airway lining. They also showed how to make mucus thinner and less sticky so coughing can become a therapeutic aid. Full Story
University of North Carolina Health Care
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