Published in Respiratory Therapeutics Week, February 20th, 2006
The removal of bacteria and inhaled dust from the lungs is performed by the coordinated actions of two distinct cell types in the airways: cells that produce mucus to trap the dust (goblet cells), and cells with tiny hairs, called cilia, on their surface to sweep the mucus out of the lungs (ciliated cells). However, excess mucus stuck in the airways is a serious cause of breathing difficulty and airway...
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