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Cystic Fibrosis Lung Microbiome: Diversity and Lung Function

The article, The Lung Microbiome and Airway Disease, published September 2016 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, describes various research studies that analyzed the relationship between the lung microbiome and airway disease in Cystic Fibrosis. Scientists can now better examine microbial communities in the lungs, and they are …

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CFTR Function and Cigarette Smoke

Scientists are looking at how the CFTR (Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator) potentiator, Ivacaftor, might be used in COPD, specifically chronic bronchitis. They found that cigarette smoking reduces CFTR activity in lung tissue, and that exposing the lung cells directly to a CFTR potentiator reverses this effect. While the vast …

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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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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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Living With CFResearchRespiratory Disease

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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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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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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Living With CFResearchSurvey

Thank YOU! This research is complete!

All of the goals were met in 20 hours!   This community loves to be part of research. Thank you! Research Opportunities! $40.00 Gift Card to Complete On-Line Research This research opportunity involved 5-17 year old on Pulmozyme. It was for both patients and caregivers.    

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Bluetooth-enabled tech shows promise for adherence in Cystic Fibrosis treatment

A device that monitors inhaled antibiotic use in Cystic Fibrosis treatment, and transmits the information to doctors via Bluetooth technology resulted in improved adherence and lung function in a pilot study from Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. Reported in a press release from the journal Chest this month: …

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Copper in Hospitals to Limit Cross-Infection

The use of copper in hospital rooms, may reduce cross-infection, a common concern in cystic fibrosis centers. Using copper on high-touch surfaces in hospitals may reduce Hospital-Acquired-Infections, according to a report published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The New York Times article describing this report says: …on average, …

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