As researchers from the University of North Carolina mulled over the dangerous life-threatening disease of cystic fibrosis, researchers have found out that the rhythmic motion of the lungs is very important to expel bacteria and toxic material from the lungs.
The research published in the latest issue of The Journal of Physiology could change existing treatment methods for cystic fibrosis. When a patient suffers this condition, the body secretes very thick and sticky mucus that eventually blocks the lungs. This makes it difficult to breathe and could also lead to many serious lung infections.
Dr. Brian Button and colleagues at the University of North Carolina's Cystic Fibrosis Research and Treatment Center have established that the rhythmic motion of the lungs during normal breathing is crucial in maintaining the rate of mucus clearance. Further, it assists the lung to respond to alterations in the lung environment, expected during lung infections. Significantly, the rhythmic motion of the lung could bring about rehydration of the airways and cause the mucus to be expelled.