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2012-09-20 16:27:38

Research carried out at The University of Manchester has found further evidence that a simple solution, which is already used in IV drips, is an effective treatment for reducing inflammation. The researchers also identified that hypertonic solution, which is a solution with an elevated concentration of salt, can ease inflammation purely through bathing in it — proving the Victorians were right to visit spa towns to "take the waters" for ailments like rheumatoid arthritis. The...

2012-05-21 12:46:36

Margaret Rosenfeld, M.D., M.P.H., of Seattle Children's Hospital, and colleagues conducted a study to examine if hypertonic saline would reduce the rate of pulmonary exacerbations in children younger than 6 years of age with cystic fibrosis (CF). Inhaled hypertonic saline is recommended as therapy for patients 6 years or older with CF, but its efficacy has not been evaluated in patients younger than 6 years. In the randomized trial, the active treatment group (n = 158) received 7 percent...

2006-01-18 17:45:00

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with cystic fibrosis suffer from mucus build-up in the lungs that makes breathing difficult, but investigators now report that salt water can ease the condition. Long-term inhaled saline with a 'hypertonic' salt concentration of 7 percent improves lung function and reduces pulmonary flare-ups in patients with cystic fibrosis, according to a report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. Short-term studies have suggested that hypertonic...

2005-09-16 14:00:20

Cell volume is the outcome of a subtle balance between water uptake and secretion by the cell plasma membrane. A cell can regulate its volume by adjusting the salt concentrations in and around the cell. Exactly how this process works is still not known. Bas Tomassen has identified a number of important mechanisms that play a role in this process. Increasing the salt concentration in the cell or decreasing the salt concentration around the cell leads to an influx of water. This principle is...