Stem cells discovery paves the way for the treatment of pulmonary disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 64 million people around the world have moderate to severe COPD. It is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for around 5% of global deaths every year. It has been estimated that in the next 10 years the total death rate may rise by more than 30%.