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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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10 Ways to Help When a Friend is Diagnosed With a Chronic Disease

This heartfelt article filled with personal experience will give you 10 great ways to respond when really “you may feel speechless” at some surprising news a friend may give you. Full of empathy and gentleness.  This is one we all need as we struggle to be our best selves for all …

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Flourescent Sensor is a new Low-Cost Tool for Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis

Read the article here on sciencedaily.com “Scientists have developed a new diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis. The new device provides a cheaper, easier way to detect levels of chloride in sweat, which are elevated in cystic fibrosis patients.” “Cystic fibrosis is caused by two faulty copies of a gene that affects …

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North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference 2016

The 30th annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference took place in October 2016 in Orlando, FL and offered more more than 60 sessions on topics related to CF. It was attended by physicians, research scientists, nurses, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and pharmacists and more. The summary from the session …

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