Cystic Fibrosis

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 […]

Cystic Fibrosis

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 […]

Cystic Fibrosis

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 […]

Cystic Fibrosis

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 […]

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

A wristband-type wearable sweat sensor could transform diagnostics and drug evaluation for cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other diseases. The sensor collects sweat, measures its molecular constituents and then electronically transmits the results for analysis and diagnostics, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, in collaboration […]

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Potential new treatment for cystic fibrosis uncovered

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects tens of thousands of people in the United States and worldwide. There is currently no cure for the condition, but new research proposes a novel therapeutic approach that may soon stop the disease from progressing. Researchers may have found a new treatment that reduces lung inflammation in […]

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

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 antibiotic resistant. In a study published in Genome Research, scientists sequenced and phenotyped multiple B. cenocepacia isolates from 16 CF patients. They found extensive variation […]