- New research has found that Canadian cystic fibrosis patients outlive their American counterparts by an average of 10 years, and identifies three possible causes for this difference in life expectancy.
- A breakthrough new device can tell you what disease is making you sick or waiting to strike, including cancers, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and kidney disease.
- An in-depth investigation of what causes genetic mutations and what effect they can have on our health and appearance.
- Scientists find 13 “superheroes” — adults who remain healthy though they carry gene mutations linked to severe childhood diseases.
- How could biological markers get someone kicked out of school?
- A dad from Sydney, Australia, is choosing an epic route to raise money for his daughter’s disease — cystic fibrosis.
- Cystic fibrosis patients are living longer than ever before, and that means health care systems need to adapt to the future influx of adults with the condition.
- Fourteen-year-old Valentina Maureira has pleaded with President Michelle Bachelet and the rest of the Chilean government to let her die in peace.
- Researchers believe cystic fibrosis should be considered two diseases, one that affects multiple organs including the lungs, and one that doesn't affect the lungs at all.
- Sarah Murnaghan was scheduled for another surgery this afternoon, as her paralyzed diaphragm didn't allow her to fully expand her transplanted lungs.
- After a highly publicized campaign to receive a lung transplant from an adult donor, 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan's surgery was successful on Wednesday afternoon.
- To Get Sarah Murnaghan Her Life-Saving Lung, Hospital Had To Trick The Organ Transplant System Into Thinking She Was 12Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan has been approved for a lung transplant after a controversial law kept her from being put on the donor list until she turned 12.
Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal genetic disease affecting most critically the lungs, and also the pancreas, liver, and intestine. It is characterized by abnormal transport of chloride and sodium across epithelium, leading to thick, viscous secretions. Difficulty breathing is the most serious symptom and results from frequent lung infections that are treated with, though not cured by, antibiotics and other medications.