Self-organized patchiness in asthma as a prelude to catastrophic shifts

Abstract

Asthma is a common disease affecting an increasing number of children throughout the world. In asthma, pulmonary airways narrow in response to contraction of surrounding smooth muscle. The precise nature of functional changes during an acute asthma attack is unclear. The tree structure of the pulmonary airways has been linked to complex behaviour in sudden… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/nature03490

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