Summary #1374

Gut microbiome link to deadly lung disease

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  • Researchers find that the gut may be helpful in diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and it may be a target for treating the disease.
  • The lung microbiome is a contributing factor in COPD, and it turns out that the gut microbiome is also connected to the development of the disease.
  • Comparing stool samples from COPD patients and healthy people, study authors found major differences.
  • This means that stool samples could be used to diagnose COPD, and that treating the gut microbiome could help treat lung disease.
  • More than 3 million people die because of COPD every year.

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