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Are there any alternative therapies available for cystic fibrosis?

Are there any alternative therapies available for cystic fibrosis?

Why?: Many of the therapies for CF (chest percussion, inhaled saline, good nutrition) are "natural" (whatever that means in a modern society), but why on earth would you want to avoid the best treatment possible. CF is a disease with established, effective means for reducing suffering and improving quality of life (and length of life as well). Skipping modern medicine here is a mistake. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

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


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I want to see if there's any additional therapy I can do for my boyfriend. He has cystic fibrosis and I'd like to try to help ease the symptoms.

I want to see if there's any additional therapy I can do for my boyfriend. He has cystic fibrosis and I'd like to try to help ease the symptoms.

CF center: First I wish him all the best and good health and thank you for caring for him, any cystic fibrosis patient should be followed by specialists in a cystic fibrosis center, if you haven't done that already, please check the cystic fibrosis foundation on the web for help, www.cff.org, goodluck ...Read more

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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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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 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?

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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What is possible cures for cystic fibrosis, how would gene therapy work?

What is possible cures for cystic fibrosis, how would gene therapy work?

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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Is there gene therapy for cystic fibrosis and health centrefor this disease in the us?

Is there gene therapy for cystic fibrosis  and health centrefor this disease in the us?

No and yes: Safe effective gene therapy for CF is a dream that we have yet to realize, but there are many excellent CF centers in the us. The CF foundation is an excellent source of information on these centers. The treatments for CF are improving, and expanding constantly. The life expectancy for patients with CF has steadily increased but is still limited by pulmonary disease. ...Read more

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Theres is no cure for cystic fibrosis so what could gene therapy do?

Cure: Depending on the type of gene therapy, gene therapy can be a cure, if the underlying genetic problem is corrected. Of course, any damage done to the body by the disease up to that point may, or may not be, reversible. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more


Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Physiotherapy (Definition)

Physiotherapy programs, or physical therapy, work to improve movement capacity in those recovering ...Read more