Michael P Pietila

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common disorder with symptoms of chronic cough and progressive dyspnea caused by chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Acute exacerbations of COPD contribute to the accelerated decline in lung function characteristic of this disease and are associated with significant cost, morbidity, and mortality for patients.(More)
Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) causes chronic lung disease in immunocompetent people and disseminated infection in patients with AIDS. MAC is intrinsically resistant to many conventional antimycobacterial agents, it develops drug resistance rapidly to macrolide antibiotics, and patients with MAC infection experience frequent relapses or the inability to(More)
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