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Smoking's Effect on Lungs Similar to Cystic Fibrosis, University of North Carolina Study



10/19/2011 7:17:38 AM

Smoking seems to have a similar effect on the lungs as cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease affecting the lungs and other organs, a new study reveals. Researchers found that like cystic fibrosis, smoking leads to the production of sticky mucus that causes dry cough and infections. They concluded that cystic fibrosis treatments could potentially be used to treat smoking-related diseases -- and vice versa.

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