eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new

Local

Temple Doctors Examine Effectiveness Of Ibuprofen In Emphysema Treatment

Dr. Gerard Criner (photo by Lynne Adkins)

Dr. Gerard Criner (photo by Lynne Adkins)

(Photo by Ed Fischer) Lynne Adkins
If you’ve listened to radio in the Delaware Valley, the odds are...
Read More

CBS Philly (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSPhilly.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSPhilly.com/Health

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Doctors at Temple University are part of a study to determine if a well known anti inflammatory medication can help treat patients with emphysema.

Emphysema is a chronic and progressive disease that damages lung tissue. Dr. Gerard Criner, chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, says now there are no drugs to reverse that damage. But research shows that a substance called Prostaglandin E may be preventing the body from repairing the lung tissue.

Dr. Criner says Ibuprofen has been shown to suppress Prostaglandin, so the study is trying to determine if this over-the-counter medication can help repair the damage and reduce symptoms.

“Shorter breath, cough, wheezing, limitations on doing whole body exercise by becoming short of breath.”

Millions of Americans suffer from emphysema which is primarily caused by smoking.

You may also be interested in these stories:

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31,504 other followers