South Bend Tribune: Surfers inspire new cystic fibrosis treatment
Hypertonic saline treatment was inspired by some surfers in Australia who, like Devon, also have CF.
They told their doctors that what made them feel especially good was a day on the ocean waves.
Researchers down under and also at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill put the surfers’ tale to the test.
With backing from the U.S. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, they had a group of CF patients inhale 7 percent saline solution twice daily for a year while a control group inhaled normal saline.
Those receiving salty mist had improved lung function and, more importantly, fewer serious lung infections requiring hospitalization.
Vail Daily News for Vail and Beaver Creek Colorado – News
In Denver, a respiratory therapist suggested a blood test. A positive result would explain everything. And what if it is? Canada wanted to know. What is the cure?”There is no cure,” replied the therapist. “Only a lung transplant.”
Dean Canada is among an estimated 100,000 Americans who were dealt a pair of bad cards, two corrupted genes that produce a condition called Alpha One Antitrypsen Deficiency.
This disorder causes the livers of its victims to work improperly. The liver prevents the release of a protein needed for healthy functioning of the lungs. Most victims begin suffering when they are 39 or 40.
More at http://www.alphaone.org/