Role Of Gm-Csf In Copd

Grant number: 454516 | Funding period: 2007 - 2010

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Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major global health problem and has been predicted to become the third largest cause of death in the world by 2020. Cigarette smoking is the major cause of COPD and accounts for more than 95% of cases in industrialized countries. Cigarette smoke triggers cells in the lung to release substances which cause inflammation and eat away lung tissue. In addition, these substances enter the blood and muscle where they eat away muscle resulting in significant weight loss. Patients with COPD have severe difficulty in breathing because the lungs are damaged and do not function properly. This process, once started, cannot be reversed and there is current..

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