Navigation Links
Gene 'Switch' May Help Drive Excess Fluid in Lungs
Date:9/15/2009

Finding could lead to treatments for bronchitis, asthma, researchers say

TUESDAY, Sept. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The discovery of a genetic switch that makes mucus production go into overdrive could potentially lead to better treatments for chronic lung ailments, a new study says.

Excessive mucus production in the lungs can cause illness or death from asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis, common colds and other illnesses. From a biological perspective, it's unclear why the body creates dangerous levels of mucus, the researchers noted in the Sept. 14 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

"Everyone has had a stuffed-up nose and cough after two or three weeks of a bad cold, and most over-the-counter cold medications deal with mucus," said Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett, lead author of the study and the head of neonatology, perinatal and pulmonary biology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, in a hospital news release. "We still don't have effective therapies for removing excess mucus, whether it's someone with a cold or chronic lung disease. That's why we still tap on the chests of kids with cystic fibrosis to try and clear it."

In the study, the researchers found that lung cells convert from good cells to bad -- creating mucus in the process. But if a genetic switch is blocked, they can change back to good cells.

However, Whitsett said it will be several years before researchers can figure out how to develop a new treatment based on the results.

More information

Learn more about cystic fibrosis from the Nemours Foundation.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, news release, Sept. 14, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Scientists Turn Off Obesity Switch in Mice
2. AUDIO from Medialink and Forest Laboratories: Dangers of Switching Medications
3. Switch to digital mammography leads to increased cancer detection rates
4. People Across the Country are Making The Switch!
5. Scientists locate disease switches
6. For Treatment of Dyslipidemia, Surveyed Physicians are Increasingly Switching Patients to a More Potent Statin Following the ENHANCE and SEAS Trials
7. Herleys Israeli Subsidiary, GMI Eyal, is Selected to Provide Complex Microwave Switch Assemblies for a U.S. Customer
8. The Female Health Company Switches to the NASDAQ Stock Market
9. National Pharmacy Omnicare Pays 'Unusual' Settlement to Resolve Charges of Generic Drug Switching in Delaware Nursing Homes, Resulting From 'Qui Tam' Lawsuit
10. UCSF creates fast, affordable tool for finding gene on-off switches
11. Schering-Plough Flips the Switch on 1.7 MW Rooftop Solar Panel System, One of the Largest in N.J., North America
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Gene 'Switch' May Help Drive Excess Fluid in Lungs 
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the ... is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, ... he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... WAUSAU, Wis. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... formulated standard products to meet the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities ... team of probiotic experts and tested to meet the highest standard. , ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Information ... we intend to develop to enable prevention of a major side effect of ... loss, especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... On Saturday, October 21, the Health & Wellness Center at Florida ... money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Teams of up to 10 people ... keep their treadmills moving for 5 hours. Treadmills will start at 7:00 p.m. on ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Vohra ... care advancements to physician colleagues, skilled nursing facility medical directors and other clinicians ... Waters of Wound Care." , "At many of these conferences we get to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... CHICAGO , Oct. 11, 2017  Hill-Rom Holdings, ... its Aspen Surgical facility in Las Piedras, ... surgical scalpels and blades. ... confirmed that the facility sustained minor structural damage, temporary ... Hurricane Maria. Repairs have been completed, manufacturing operations have ...
(Date:10/5/2017)... Ill. , Oct. 5, 2017  In ... Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) released ... opioids – to be used as a first-line ... pain. Recognizing ... the AAOMS White Paper "Opioid Prescribing: Acute and ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... FLINT, Mich. , Oct. 2, 2017 ... acquired 8th Day Software and Consulting, LLC , ... 8th Day Software, based in Tennessee ... Management LLC. 8th Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for ... product development. "In ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: