New solution brings relief to chronic lung disease sufferers
The EU-funded STOP-COPD project has developed a novel device, called PulseHaler™, to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive disease of the lungs. The device successfully opens the small airways, which are known to collapse in COPD patients, making it difficult for them to breathe. PulseHaler™ improves the exercise capacity, reduces breathlessness, and improves quality of life of COPD sufferers. Researchers will optimise the device with new features and functions and prepare it for large-scale manufacturing. Given the millions of COPD patients in Europe alone, the device has the potential to substantially reduce associated healthcare costs.
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