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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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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


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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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How can gene therapy help a cystic fibrosis sufferer?

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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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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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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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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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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What physical activities are ok for someone with cystic fibrosis?

What physical activities are ok for someone with cystic fibrosis?

Anything: Most individuals with cystic fibrosis can participate in all physicial activities. Salt supplementation is needed because of excess salt loss in CF sweat. Individuals with severe lung disease should discuss what level of activity is safe/appropriate for them with their physician. ...Read more

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

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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Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Could look vey real: Physical therapy helps to strengthen the supporting joint muscles which it will lead to better joint support. In addition, exercise and healthy diet will help to lower body weight which it will help to decrease weight demand on the joints. ...Read more

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Is living with only one lung possible. Lady diagnosed with radiation fibrosis after cancer therapy. Is radiation fibrosis of lung progressive?

Is living with only one lung possible. Lady diagnosed with radiation fibrosis after cancer therapy. Is radiation fibrosis of lung progressive?

Sure: Some degree of radiation fibrosis is to be expected. Different people get less or more. It's usually little or no trouble. People actually have lungs removed for lung cancer, and do okay afterwards. I hope she got a good result from her cancer treatment, and that if she smokes now, she will stop. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. What is it like living with cystic fibrosis?

Was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. What is it like living with cystic fibrosis?

It depends: It really depends on the severity of the disease. Not all patients experience the same symptoms and the same course. ...Read more

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For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?

For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?

PDT is not a proven: Radiation therapy is the standard treatment for early (Stae-1) cancer of the vocal cord. Photodynamic therapy(PDT) is potentially useful but it is not in common usage in the US ...Read more

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Will steroid therapy help a person with acute interstitial pneumonitis?

Will steroid therapy help a person with acute interstitial pneumonitis?

We don't know. : Aip, or haymann-rich syndrome, is a usually severe inflammatory disease of the lungs. It is somewhat rare and is a diagnosis of exclusion. Fungal infections, strange bacteria, and aids-related infections must be ruled out prior to this diagnosis. It can be a rapid and severe disease, requiring pts to be in icu. Steroids at high doses are a recommended tx, but there is little evidence. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

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Physiotherapy (Definition)

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