Local researchers studying a solution for dry mouth

Local researchers studying a solution for dry mouth

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THOSE TRIALS ARE MOVED. NEW AT 5:00, WE HAVE FOUR MAJOR SALIVARY GLANDS AND HUNDREDS MORE IN OUR MOUTH, NOT THAT WE REALLY NOTICE, EXCEPT WHEN THOSE GLANDS ARE DAMAGED. AND THAT’S WHEN THE PAIN AND DRYNESS CAN BE EXCRUCIATING. AS LESLIE MOUTON SHOWS US RESEARCHERS ARE USING A NEW METHOD OF GROWING CELLS THAT MAY HAVE FOUND THE ANSWER FOR RELIEF. Reporter: IMAGINE HAVING TO CARRY WATER WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO. IT’S A WAY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE SYNDROME. SALIVA IS SOMETHING THAT YOU NEVER EVEN THINK ABOUT UNLESS YOU DON’T HAVE IT ANYMORE. Reporter: IT DESTROYS THE SALIVARY GLANDS LEAVING PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC DRY MOUTH AND PAIN. THE TOOTH WAS TEARING AT THE SIDE OF MY TONGUE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO SALIVA TO LUBRICATE IT. Reporter: A LACK OF SALIVA CAN LEAD TO DENTAL PROBLEMS, DIFFICULTY EATING AND SLEEPING. IT AFFECTS THE QUALITY OF LIFE TREMENDOUSLY. Reporter: ONCE THE SALIVARY GLANDS ARE DAMAGED, IT’S PERMANENT, BUT THERE MAY BE HOPE. RESEARCHERS ARE TRYING TO REGROW THE SALIVARY CELLS. SALIVARY GLANDS ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT TO GROW. Reporter: IT’S CREATING THE IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR STEM CELLS TO GROW. HERE IS WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE. Reporter: DOCTORS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GROW SALIVARY CELLS IN THIS UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT. EVENTUALLY THEY HOPE TO TRANSPLANT THEM TO PATIENTS. IN THE MEANTIME JUDY IS HOPEFUL

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