1. Cystic Fibrosis, COPD Patients Could Benefit From Nanoparticle-based Mucus

    Cystic Fibrosis, COPD Patients Could Benefit From Nanoparticle-based Mucus

    An Optical Society release notes that while people might typically regard mucus as an “icky bodily secretion best left wrapped in a tissue,” for a group of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , “snot is an endlessly fascinating subject.” The team has developed a way to use gold nanoparticles and lasers to measure the viscosity (“stickiness”) of the slimy secretion that lines our airways. The new method could help doctors better monitor and treat lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease .

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    1. The ability to monitor how well mucus-thinning treatments are working in real-time may allow us to determine better treatments and tailor them for the individual.
    2. We have been collecting OCT images of in vitro models of the airway where mucus, bronchial cells, and nanoparticles are all moving dynamically.
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