Cystic Fibrosis Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Garden snails may have secret weapons against aggressive bacteria

Have you ever wondered how snails can spend their time crawling over dirt rife with potentially dangerous bacteria but manage to stay healthy? Two British scientists did, and this led them to discover new proteins that can fight harmful bacteria. The mucus of the garden snail, Cornu aspersum, contains proteins with antibacterial potential, a new […]

Cystic Fibrosis Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses

Where antibiotics fail, ‘bacteria-eating’ viruses may prevail

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can cause infections that are very difficult to treat, and they may sometimes put a person’s life in danger. However, a creative new approach may offer a potent weapon against these “superbugs.” Bacteriophages (depicted above) are viruses that can infect and destroy bacteria. Could they hold the answer to antibiotic resistance? The recent […]

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Common virus could speed up cystic fibrosis

A new study has found that cytomegalovirus, which is normally dormant in people who have it, can become active again in people with cystic fibrosis who develop lung infections. New research explores the role of cytomegalovirus in cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited condition. It causes damage to the lungs and digestive system, and […]

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Cystic fibrosis: Existing drug may improve lung function

Researchers say a drug that is already available on the market can help those affected by cystic fibrosis. An antifungal medication may help people with cystic fibrosis. Amphotericin, which is an antifungal medication, might help people with cystic fibrosis fight the chronic bacterial lung infections that tend to occur with this disease, according to a […]

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Strength in numbers: How biofilms outfox antibiotics

Bacteria are vital for survival, but when they form communities, they can wreak serious havoc and pose a threat to our health. The protective dome of a biofilm shields bacteria from antibiotics. When bacteria flock together and form a community, this is called a biofilm. Found all over the planet — from desert rocks to the surfaces […]

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

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 digestive problems and persistent lung infections. The findings, published in the journal ACS Central Science, shed new light on the underlying mechanisms of CF and could […]

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

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 their embryos screened for abnormal numbers of chromosomes at the same time, say Italian researchers. By doing this, only embryos that are free not only of […]

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

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 Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal and presented at the European Cystic Fibrosis Society conference. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease […]

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

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 research published in PLOS Pathogens. Most people with cystic fibrosis develop lung infections that involve multiple species of microbes. These microbes […]