NIH SciBites From Home: Treating Lung Scarring With a Bacterial Weed Whacker

NIH SciBites From Home: Treating Lung Scarring With a Bacterial Weed Whacker

Breathing in smoke and dangerous chemicals can cause damage to the lungs, including a form of lung scarring called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Sanya Mehta, a postbaccalaureate research fellow in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health, is helping to develop a therapy for pulmonary fibrosis that works by shifting the balance between friendly and harmful bacteria living in our lungs. One day, her lab’s findings could be used to treat patients with pulmonary fibrosis and possibly to prevent it in people at risk for the disease.

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Humphery Walkerreply
May 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

All thanks to Dr Madida on YouTube for accepting to help me the first place, he indeed cured me of my IPF(Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) with his herbal medicine.

May 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

I want to recommend Dr Mason channel on YouTube,if you are suffering from any infection..Have been confirmed negative of my Infection..Keep saving lives sir,I never believed someone can be this real

dotun vaughnreply
May 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

Wow I’m very interested I have lung issues

May 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

We need to start with stopping the chemtrails! I got lung disease because of the chemicals they are poisoning us with everyday and I suffer more each day because they won’t stop

Arslan Mughalreply
May 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

Any natural remedy at home that can help in removal of lugns scars? I'm taking medication as well

Gray Upekhareply
May 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

I must appreciate  my wife who took it upon herself to take care of me even when all hope was lost. I thought I wasn't going to survive  this Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis disease I had but so luckily my wife found Dr Madida on YouTube, a herbalist that has cure thousands of people with his herbs due to our notice of his patients  positive testimonies, so my wife bought me a herbal medicine from him which I used. Before i was on sick bed can't do anything but right now I play with my kids, play football with them. I have no obstruction  on my lungs anymore, breathing freely without pains or shortness of breath. I am just living normally as a healthy fellow after using Dr madida herbal medicine and right now I must conclude that he cured me.

erica smithreply
May 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

visit (doctor adule) YouTube channel today for fibrosis permanent eradication.god bless you all

May 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

Great, hope it works

Doctor Strangereply
May 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

Great job,All the best!

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