Created: Wednesday, 27 November 2002 Written by Correspondent
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Australian Scientists have made a breakthrough in the search for a cure for the chronic lung disease bronchiectasis, a severe form of bronchitis. They have discovered that patients with this disease have an impaired immune response to the common bacteria Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) which infects their airways. This in contrast to normal people who are able to successfully clear this infection.
It is hoped that the scientists involved will make a fortune from this discovery as it might apply to all forms of bronchitis!