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Vitamin D Supplements May Help Improve Lung Function in Cystic Fibrosis

This interesting pilot study examined the impact of vitamin D on Cystic Fibrosis patients’ lung function. In addition to the known importance of adequate Vitamin D on bone health, Vitamin D may play an important role in lung function, due to its effects on the immune system. The study also …

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ORKAMBI® (Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor) latest news: Germany, Australia availability

ORKAMBI® reimbursement agreement reached for Germany – December 19, 2016 Vertex Announces German Reimbursement Agreement for ORKAMBI® (Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor), the First Medicine to Treat the Underlying Cause of Cystic Fibrosis in People Ages 12 and Older with Two Copies of the F508del Mutation –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq:VRTX) today announced it has …

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Member post: goals and managing expectations with Cystic Fibrosis

A little story: When I was 12, I participated in a big folk dancing competition through my school. It consisted of several hundred participants and we danced non-stop for hours in front of a selection panel. An elite group of dancers would be chosen to go on a week-long vacation …

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Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor longer trial on Heterozygous F508del Cystic Fibrosis Patients

At the end of November, the results of a clinical trial of Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor, also known as Orkambi, in CF patients with one F508Del mutation were published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. A past trial for Orkambi in this type of CF patient (heterozygous F508del) lasted 28 days …

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Think INSIDE the box for easier inhaled treatments – cystic fibrosis treatment

It’s taken me a long time, but I finally have a ‘system’ that has made inhaled treatments easier to keep up with. Background In childhood, I was very compliant with the CF treatments, as my parents helped me. I didn’t need to think about it; it just happened. In my late …

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Cystic Fibrosis Genetics: First Structural Map of Cystic Fibrosis Protein

First structural map of the cystic fibrosis protein sheds light on how mutations cause disease. This article highlights this recent discovery in cystic fibrosis genetics. Scientists from Rockefeller University have created the first three-dimensional map of the protein responsible for cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease for which there is no …

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The Lung Microbiome and Dysbiosis

The “microbiome” is a hot topic in respiratory medicine, with researchers from diverse fields such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, and lung transplantation seeking to use the newly accessible technology of bacterial ribosomal RNA sequencing and related technologies to characterize airway bacterial communities and to determine the …

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Make Friends with your Legislators! Tell them about Cystic Fibrosis.

Especially for Cystic Fibrosis, how the government acts on the Accountable Care Act  (ObamaCare) does make a difference! Since Healthcare was such a big issue in the last election: Keep in touch with your legislators…YOU HIRED THEM!  They need to hear from YOU! Make them your FRIENDS! Congress: Find your …

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Redesigning Prescription Medication Inserts

Six everyday items were re-imagined by designers in this week’s New York Times Magazine. A data visualization firm, Periscopic, and Thomas Goetz of Iodine, a health information website, created a more informative and easier to understand prescription medication insert that can be viewed here (scroll down the page to find …

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Webinar: Infection Prevention During Bronchoscopy

Laurence Muscarella Ph.D. and Atul Mehta M.D. A detailed webinar (71:30 minutes) can be viewed online. Highlights: The latest research into bronchoscope cross-contamination issues. Most frequent causes of infection risks Most importantly:  what everyone who uses bronchoscope should know to prevent risks Click to view the Webinar    

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