COPD Breakthrough May Lead to New Treatments, Prevention

Scientists identify why lung cells damaged by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cannot repair themselves.

Smoking is the primary cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a leading cause of death worldwide, but other contributors include long-term exposure to air pollution, dust, and certain chemicals. Another contributor is genetic factors, though these have not yet been isolated. COPD is not reversible, though its progression can be inhibited with certain treatments. […]

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