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COPD could have two new treatments

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients have been given a boost with potentially two new treatments on the cards.

Researchers in Scotland and the US both believe they may have found a way to make life easier for individuals with the condition.

Teams at the University of Edinburgh Medical School have suggested that red sage, a Chinese medicinal herb, could hold the key.

It contains a compound called Tanshinone IIA, which researchers say can produce an inflammatory that drives away Neutrophils, a white blood cell that can cause tissue damage in those with autoimmune diseases.

Meanwhile, scientists at the University of Illinois in Chicago claim that they can use nanoparticles to deliver treatments to the right areas.

Currently, anti-inflammatory drugs are distributed around the body and can sometimes bind with blood vessel walls along the way.

But researchers say that they have successfully delivered treatments to a specific part of mice with COPD, describing the nanoparticles as a "trojan horse".

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