Cystic Fibrosis

Tiandrea Rice, Staff Writer

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Cystic Fibrosis is usually diagnosed in about 6 months or older. It’s a functional disorder of the exocrine glands and involves difficulty breathing due to faulty digestion because of deficiency of pancreatic enzymes and by excessive loss of salt in sweat also poor growth and lung infections. Blockage in intestinal is especially in newborns and diarrhea/constipation.
It mostly appears in caucasian people and is inherited. Both parents carry down the defective gene.
1 in every 2 to 3000 newborns are affected. CF is mostly in North America, Europe and Australasia.
There is no cure but there are treatments that help and slow down the process of deterioration. People with CF can live to be 50 or 60.
People with CF produce thick sticky mucus and chest pains, as well as excess mucus in the pancreas.The cause of Cystic Fibrosis is a mutation in a specific gene/dominant heterozygous gene can be a carrier but not suffer from CF.
Cystic Fibrosis is rare only affects 30000 people in the US and 70000 world wide. People with CF cant be around other people with Cystic Fibrosis.
People with Cystic Fibrosis can drink a lot of water and stay hydrated, take the medication subscribed, avoid smoke, pollen, maid and get influenza and pneumonia vaccinations regularly.
Both males and females are affected.

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