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Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with thick sticky mucus. Cystic fibrosis usually begins in childhood and includes symptoms such as a persistent cough, recurring chest and lung infections



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Scientists discover biomarkers which could lead to better treatments for CF patients

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have identified two new biological markers of cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease which affects children and young adults, leaving them with lifelong health complications including...



Cystic fibrosis alters the structure of mucus in airways

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Mucus is important for maintaining healthy lungs. Inhaled particles, including bacteria and viruses, get trapped in mucus and then cilia - tiny hair like projections on the surface of the airway...



Screening for both genetic diseases and chromosomal defects with a single biopsy improves pregnancy rates

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Couples who are undergoing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in order to avoid transmission of inherited diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis, should also have...



Drug combination improves lung function within 15 days of treatment for children with cystic fibrosis

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A combination of two drugs - lumacaftor and ivacaftor - improves lung function in children aged 6-11 with cystic fibrosis within 15 days of treatment, according to a phase 3 trial published in The...



Scientists uncover interactions between bacteria that infect the lungs in cystic fibrosis

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Substances produced by a harmful bacterium in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients may enhance the growth of other bacteria that, in turn, inhibit the harmful bacterium's biofilm, according to new...



Wearable sweat sensor can diagnose cystic fibrosis, Stanford-led study finds

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A wristband-type wearable sweat sensor could transform diagnostics and drug evaluation for cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other diseases.



Potential new treatment for cystic fibrosis uncovered

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New research suggests that thymosin alpha 1 can correct the genetic defects typical of cystic fibrosis and stop the progression of the disease.



Study shows potential of stem cell therapy to repair lung damage

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study has found that stem cell therapy can reduce lung inflammation in an animal model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis.



The mechanism of mucus: Discovery could lead to better cystic fibrosis treatments

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People with cystic fibrosis (CF) suffer repeated lung infections because their airway mucus is too thick and sticky to keep bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens from causing chronic infection.



Bacterial pathogen demonstrates genome flexibility and diversification during chronic infection of cystic fibrosis patients

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Chronic lung infections can be devastating for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), and infection by Burkholderia cenocepacia, one of the most common species found in CF patients, is often...



Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists from the University of Liverpool have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of cystic fibrosis lung infections.



Study finds differences in lifespan between Canadians and Americans with cystic fibrosis

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People with cystic fibrosis are living longer than ever before, but their lifespan is almost 10 years longer in Canada than in the United States, according to research published in the Annals of...



Antibiotics used to treat cystic fibrosis increases risk of permanent hearing loss

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A powerful class of antibiotics provides life-saving relief for people with cystic fibrosis; however, a new study for the first time reveals the levels at which high cumulative dosages over time...



Updated cystic fibrosis diagnosis guidelines can help in diagnosis, personalized treatment

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An international research group of 32 experts from nine countries has updated the guidelines for diagnosing the genetic disease cystic fibrosis.



Barrel Chest: Causes and Treatment

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A barrel chest may be a sign of strength in bodybuilders, but in medical terms, it may be a sign of a serious disease such as osteoarthritis or COPD.



Scientists use 'molecular-Lego' to take CRISPR gene-editing tool to the next level

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers at Western University is playing with molecular-Lego by adding an engineered enzyme to the revolutionary new gene-editing tool, CRISPR/Cas9.



New Cystic Fibrosis device to reduce antibiotic usage

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A medical device for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferers which lessens their exposure to infections resulting in fewer doctors' visits, reduced antibiotic usage and shorter hospital stays, is expected...



Multi-drug resistant infection spreading globally among cystic fibrosis patients

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PDT

A multi-drug resistant infection that can cause life-threatening illness in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and can spread from patient to patient has spread globally and is becoming increasingly...



Calcium induces chronic lung infections

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a life-threatening pathogen in hospitals. About ten percent of all nosocomial infections, in particular pneumonia, are caused by this pathogen.



New research sheds light 'gender gap' in cystic fibrosis

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A minor hiccup in the sequence of a human gene can have devastating impacts on health.



Research to improve treatment for millions of lung disease patients

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PDT

New lung scanning technology developed at Monash University has the potential to transform treatment for millions of people with lung disease in Australia and around the world.



DNA sequencing uncovers latent risk for developing cystic fibrosis

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A study by researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Brigham and Women's Hospital and the California Department of Public Health suggests that all babies with a known mutation for...



Viruses turbo-charge bacterial evolution in cystic fibrosis infections

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Scientists in the UK have found new evidence that tiny viruses called bacteriophages turbo-charge the evolution of bacteria that cause lung infections in Cystic Fibrosis patients.



Mini-guts predict cystic fibrosis patients' response to therapy

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Mini-guts grown in the lab using cystic fibrosis patients' cells can help pinpoint those who are most likely to benefit from new drugs, according to a new study.



New molecules identified that could help in the fight to prevent cystic fibrosis

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:00:00 PDT

New research has identified new molecules that could help in the fight to prevent diseases caused by faulty ion channels, such as cystic fibrosis.