Possible breakthrough for Emphysema treatment

(WIAT) — There’s a possible new breakthrough for treating the lung disease Emphysema.

Right now, there is a clinical trial of a new device aimed at improving lung function in Emphysema patients.

It’s a tiny valve that’s inserted into the airways leading to the diseased part of the lungs. It blocks fresh air from going into the bad part of the lung, but allows old air to escape.

If the valve proves to be safe and helpful for Emphysema patients, it could get FDA approval and be widely prescribed.

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