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Could You Develop Cystic Fibrosis As A Teenager
Confusing question: An estimated 1/20 people carry one mutation of the CF gene and if they have children with another carrier they have a chance every time to produce a CF affected baby. That CF baby has diminished fertility but may have kids and only if they marry a carrier will their kids have risk, as high as 50%. ...Read more
Perhaps...: The best chance for a cure for cystic fibrosis lies in gene therapy. Clinical trials are currently underway in a number of countries to try to do this. Many of these trials fail, but they help design future trials. You never know when success will happen. Hopefully it will be soon. For a recent article on a large trial in the uk, see: http://www.Ox.Ac.Uk/media/news_stories/2012/120316.Html. ...Read more
Could use your help docs! a friend has cystic fibrosis and smokes weed because she says it helps. Is that true?
Yes and no: If she believes in the material and says it helps her, it probably does. It may be only a comfort measure as the irritation of the smoke will impair lung function over time. We can get between 10-30 % success using sugar pills during population studies if they believe in the treatment. ...Read more
Could any expert explain the cell signaling pathway involved in cystic fibrosis, what goes wrong, and the right way for it to work? Thanks!
Start with this link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100214143133.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Fcystic_fibrosis+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Health+%26+Medicine+News+--+Cystic+Fibrosis%29Get a more detailed answer ›
Certainly: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) most common life-limiting genetic disorder of Caucasians, affecting approximately 30K people in the US.A, impacting mainly respiratory function. In recent years patients symptoms better controlled by genetic findings and better medications.Emotional & phys. development depend on severity, time in hospital, complications.Morb. & mort.factors afect emotional,cognitive behavior. ...Read more
Organ Donation: Organ donation is possible and should be discussed with Lifelink. Many people do not realize that other useful tissues like heart valves, tendons, corneas are part of the donation process as well and can help recipients. In CF lungs heart, pancreas and liver are likely not able to be shared. See Lifelink http://www.lifelinkfound.org/index.cfm ...Read more
Yes: CF is an inherited disorder that requires 2 mutations (1 from mother & 1 from father) to lead to the clinical disease. If you have it, you were born with it. Many states in the U.S. Perform newborn screening that can pick the disease up at birth, but it can go undiagnosed for years in some cases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers