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Cough medicine could help treat rare lung disease

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A cough medicine which could help treat a complex lung disease is undergoing trials at a hospital in Far North Queensland, giving fresh hope to those living with the condition.

A cough medicine which could help treat a complex lung disease is undergoing trials at a hospital in Far North Queensland, giving fresh hope to those living with the condition.

The rare disease – known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)- causes tissue around the air sacs inside the lungs to become thick and scarred. This makes it harder for people to breathe deeply.

Across the country, 1250 people are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Cairns Hospital is one of five sites across Australia and New Zealand, conducting a clinical study of the drug known as Ifenprodil.

The medication has been shown to significantly reduce cough onset and frequency.

Cairns Hospital clinical nurse consultant Sue Richmond says under the trial, patients will be given the drug three times a day for three months.

"We hope it improves their cough and quality of life because (normally) these patients do not have good outcomes," she said.

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Services acting director of research Eddy Strivens says its great news for residents across Cairns.

"Clinical trials really bring the opportunity of bringing the latest ground-breaking techniques and treatments to residents of the Far North and allows them access to treatments they wouldn't (normally) otherwise be able to access," he said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/cough-medicine-could-treat-lung-disease-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-trial-in-cairns-hospital/07908219-c07b-4a85-8947-9e58bf24546b

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