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Dr. Ronald Epstein
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Physical Therapists (Definition)

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals with heath-related problems and injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform daily functional activities. Physical therapists create plans with techniques that help individuals restore their ability to move, reduce ...Read more


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Does gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Does gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Trials: Clinical trials for genetic therapy are underway. As of this time there is no approved method for gene tx in cf. Kalydeco, (ivacaftor) a new drug, dose reverse the effects of one subtype of cf, but it dose so by aiding the damaged sodium-chloride transporter to get in proper position and function normally. ...Read more

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How does gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis patient?

How does gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis patient?

So far not at all: Trying to replace the faulty gene has been a failure so far. The new science of epigenetics tells us that our genes (even "bad" ones) are changed by diet and life style. I havegiven children with CF vitamin supplements. They help greatly but there is no cure. Find a physician who uses nutrient treatment. ...Read more

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How does gene therapy help cystic fibrosis?

How does gene therapy help cystic fibrosis?

Not available yet: Gene therapy is not available for cystic fibrosis (CF) yet (2012). Having said that, the underlying concept is that since CF is a genetic disease (meaning there is a defect in a gene), by repairing that defect through gene therapy, one can, hopefully, cure the disease. ...Read more

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Prenatal testing for cystic fibrosis available?

Prenatal testing for cystic fibrosis available?

Yes. Talk to OB.: Cystic fibrosis is an inherited genetic disorder. Prospective parents can be tested to see they are carriers and discuss with genetic counselor the chance of having child with CF if one/both are carriers. Post-conception testing is also available. Talk to your ob. Here's link for additional info: http://www.Acog.Org/~/media/for%20patients/faq171.Pdf?Dmc=1&ts=20120518t1505423920. ...Read more

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Are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cystic fibrosis the same?

Are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cystic fibrosis the same?

No: Two completely different diseases. CF is an inherited disorder leading to failure to clear mucus and repeated infections. It does end up with fibrosis in the lungs. Idiopathic fibrosis is a disease of unknown cause where scar tissue replaces normal lung and eventually causes respiratory failure. ...Read more

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How can gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Not available: There is currently no gene therapy available for cystic fibrosis (cf). Since CF is a genetic disease, there is hope that, one day, gene therapy may provide a cure for this disease by, essentially, correcting the underlying genetic defect. ...Read more

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How can gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

Replace gene: In cystic fibrosis the underlying problem is that a single gene is not functioning. Gene therapy would allow that gene to be replaced with a normal functional gene. In theory, this would offer a cure. In practice, such a cure has proven elusive however work continues. ...Read more

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How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

Yes: Meconium is the normal fecal debris composing the accumulated intestinal contents at birth.It is heavily colored by bile, dark and sticky. Meconium ileus can occur when the meconium has abnormal glue like stickiness caused by CF and will not empty from the bowel.The blockage can require emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Which sports/physical activities are good for someone with cystic fibrosis?

Depends on Lung Fx: The level of physical activity for a child with CF is an individual choice that should be made in consultation with the treating physician. However, there has been some interesting research done in australia, which suggests Hypertonic Saline (e.g., salty air) inhalation in CF patients was beneficial in maintaining lung function. Why? A doctor noticed surfers with CF tend to have better outcomes! ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis genetic?

Is pulmonary fibrosis genetic?

Some are: Some families have multiple members who develop pulmonary fibrosis although sporadic cases are more common. The exact genetic inheritance is unknown. ...Read more

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Does cystic fibrosis affect your physical appearance?

Does cystic fibrosis affect your physical appearance?

Not specifically: Most CF patients that are monitored and receiving regular healthcare can not be picked out in a crowd of people of similar age. If their disease were to go unrecognized and or untreated they would appear ill. ...Read more

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Why does cystic fibrosis is obstructive and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis restrictive? smh

Why does cystic fibrosis is obstructive and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis restrictive? smh

Cystic fibrosis: involves large amounts of mucus in the airways. Therefore it is difficult for air to flow due to mucus obstructing airways. Pulmonary fibrosis involves diffuse scar tissue in the lung parenchyma, making it difficult to expand (Restrictive). ...Read more

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Are cystic fibrosis and diabetes related?

In a way: Most patients with diabetes have either a failure of the pancrease (pancrelipase) to produce Insulin or develop resistance to Insulin for various reasons. In cf, there is pancreatic insufficiency due to injury to the pancrease (pancrelipase) from the disease itself... And this can lead to CF related diabetes (where more Insulin is needed). ...Read more

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Would getting a lung transplant let someone with cystic fibrosis play sports?

Would getting a lung transplant let someone with cystic fibrosis play sports?

Yes: Lung transplantation is a very important treatment option for people with cystic fibrosis that is severely limiting their physical ability. If successful, and it usually is, lung transplantation can offer a person with cystic fibrosis a renewed chance to regain the ability and energy to do many activities that others without this condition take for granted, including some sports. ...Read more

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Can a child of 13 with cystic fibrosis play vollyball without struggling?

Can a child of 13 with cystic fibrosis play vollyball without struggling?

PFTs with albuterol: An additional comment: children with CF can participate in sports if they are able to do so. Obtaining a lung function test with and without a bronchodilator to determine whether there is treatable reactivity of the airway may be useful. This can be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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How should gene therapy treat these two diseases. Cystic fibrosis and parkinson disease?

Correct gene defects: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder where a dysfunctional cftr protein causes problems in various organ systems. By restoring the function of this protein in the involved body systems, it is hoped that normal functionality will be restored & the harmful effects of CF disease will improve. There are still several obstacles before it can be successfully implemented in CF patients everywhere. ...Read more

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Why is CF called "cystic" and "fibrosis"?

Old Days: Back in the "old days, " patients with CF would frequently die, and the autopsy findings of the lungs showed scarring ("fibrosis") and bubbles ("cysts, " "cystic"). Thus, it was called cystic fibrosis. We know much more now about this disease, but the old name stuck. ...Read more

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Does lung transplant improve quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis?

Does lung transplant improve quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Improvement in quality of life after double lung transplant can be dramatic. Most patients come off of oxygen and have much better quality of life by 6 months after transplant. The improvement after lung transplant can last a long time (years). ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

A genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients and average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...Read more