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Vitamin A May Offer Emphysema Cure

June 02, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A derivative of vitamin A reverses the effects of emphysema in laboratory rats, U.S. scientists reported. Rats with emphysema-like lung afflictions were given the derivative, and their lungs returned to normal, researchers said in the journal Nature Medicine. Dr. Claude Lenfant of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute said this might lead to treatments for emphysema and other lung ailments.

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