Friday, December 15

Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic fibrosis is a familial disease which affects the lungs, the pancreas and the whole body.The disease is caused by a mutation in one gene, the one that orders the mucus, and the digestive juices.
People with Cystic fibrosis have lung infections which does them breathing difficulties.
The lung infections can be treated, but not cured. Individuals who have the disease have symptoms like venous sinus infections, diarrhoea and poor growth.
Almost 30,000 american individuals have Cystic fibrosis and it is considered the most common life-shortening inherited disease.

WASHINGTON — Doctors always said allergies and asthma were behind Laura Mentch’s repeated lung and sinus infections. Only when she turned 50 did she discover the real culprit — a disease notorious for destroying children’s lungs.

“It’s not really mild CF, it’s delayed CF,” says Nick, whose study was published last month in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.If so, his findings may have ramifications for babies as well. How? In recent years, every state has begun screening newborns for cystic fibrosis, so that patients can start life-extending treatment before that first infection ever hits.

THE REVELATION that a plan to provide additional single rooms for cystic fibrosis patients at Dublin’s St Vincent’s hospital has been delayed again will come as a bitter disappointment to cystic fibrosis patients and their families, the Labour Party said yesterday.

Party spokeswoman on health Jan O’Sullivan said the hold-up was “an unholy mess”. She was commenting following a report in yesterday’s Irish Times that a tender to build the new unit housing the single rooms had still not been awarded to any builder.

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