Sunday, November 05, 2006

New discovery: alcoholic lung

Although chronic alcohol abuse is closely associated with liver disease, researchers are now discovering a pattern of alcohol-related lung damage called 'alcoholic lung.'

Alcoholics are more susceptible to pneumonia and more than twice as likely to develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) compared to non-alcoholics. The alcoholic lung has been found to have lower levels of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps protect the lung from oxidative stress. Source.

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