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2011-02-17 21:13:55

Cigarette smoking has been linked with overproduction of mucus associated with chronic bronchitis, according to a study conducted by researchers in New Mexico. The study indicates cigarette smoke suppresses a protein that causes the natural death of mucus-producing cells in the airways of bronchitis patients. The findings were published online ahead of the print edition of the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. "Although it is known that...

2011-01-27 14:41:20

Researchers have proved that a single "master switch" enzyme, known as aldose reductase, is key in producing excess mucous that clogs the airways of people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The enzyme's action can be blocked by drugs whose safety has been shown in clinical trials for other diseases "“ a discovery that could improve therapies for the 510 million people worldwide suffering from asthma and COPD. The findings are from a University of Texas...

2010-12-23 08:16:42

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a common disease which affects the entire body, causing progressive disability and often-early death.  Patients with normal to mildly impaired lung function, however, may be given some new hope thanks to a recent study investigating a novel drug.  It's called denufosol, and it is an investigational treatment designed to help prevent formation of the sticky mucus that is a characteristic of the disease. "Although the lungs of children...

2010-12-17 17:18:44

Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with normal to mildly impaired lung function may benefit from a new investigational drug designed to help prevent formation of the sticky mucus that is a hallmark of the disease, according to researchers involved in a phase 3 clinical trial of the drug. Called denufosol, the investigational medication can be given early in the CF disease process, and may help delay the progression of lung disease in these patients, the researchers found. The findings were...

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2010-09-20 07:52:26

Crosstalk between ion channels points to new therapeutic strategy, Penn study finds The lab of Kevin Foskett, PhD, the Isaac Ott Professor of Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has found a possible new target for fighting cystic fibrosis (CF) that could compensate for the lack of a functioning ion channel in affected CF-related cells. Their finding appears in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The team explored the role of CFTR, the chloride ion channel...

2010-09-01 00:44:00

BRADLEY, Ill., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The moment the bell rings on the first day back to school, it signals the start of cold and flu season for the nation's children. Apart from encouraging frequent hand washing, covering-up coughs and sneezes and not sharing food, drinks and utensils, parents and teachers understandably often feel powerless against the onslaught of invisible germs and viruses. However, many concerned consumers are now proactively fighting back by strengthening their...

2010-03-01 14:35:00

TAMPA, Fla., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Alan Smith, M.D., Senior Medical Director of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. offers the following advice: You wake up with a runny nose and your throat feels sore. Within a day, a nagging cough sets in and you know you're sick. Is it the flu? Is it allergies, or is it the common cold? Since each of these is a respiratory illness, it could be hard, if not impossible, to tell the difference based on symptoms alone. And how do you treat an illness that you...

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2010-02-10 12:39:12

Mutations that enable Pseudomonas to thrive in cystic fibrosis lung secretions may also guard the bacteria against antibiotics People with cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that clogs airways with thick mucous, frequently have lung infections that defy treatment. While the life expectancy for children with cystic fibrosis has increased over the past few decades, many lives are still shortened in young adulthood by the ravages of lung infections. These chronic infections are often caused...

2010-01-04 14:28:06

Johns Hopkins University researchers have created biodegradable nanosized particles that can easily slip through the body's sticky and viscous mucus secretions to deliver a sustained-release medication cargo. The researchers say these nanoparticles, which degrade over time into harmless components, could one day carry life-saving drugs to patients suffering from dozens of health conditions, including diseases of the eye, lung, gut or female reproductive tract. The mucus-penetrating...

2009-12-23 08:15:00

CINCINNATI, Dec. 23, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Mucus can be one of the most embarrassing aspects of a cold. Clearing mucus in public can lead to feelings of anxiety. For this reason, Vicks has introduced new DayQuil Mucus Control and DayQuil Mucus Control DM. These products, which work for four hours, help loosen and thin bothersome mucus. Vicks DayQuil Mucus Control provides powerful mucus relief, making coughs more productive. In addition, DayQuil Mucus Control DM contains a cough suppressant...


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Cystic Fibrosis
2013-07-19 15:03:45

Cystic fibrosis, also called mucoviscidosis, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of the viscous secretions in the body. In turn, it effects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines, as well as all other exocrine glands in the body. The most common genetic mutation that causes CF is a deletion of three nucleotides that results in a loss of phenylalanine, an amino acid at the 508th position on the protein. It should be noted, however, that there are over a thousand other mutations that...

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cacodemon
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