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What to know about nitric oxide supplements
Nitric oxide supplements might help reduce erectile dysfunction and enhance heart health in some people. Learn more about nitric oxide supplements here. (Medical News Today)

Average life expectancies for cystic fibrosis
Several factors affect cystic fibrosis life expectancy, and averages vary by age. This is partly due to recent advances in treatment and care. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Cystic fibrosis carriers: What to know
Cystic fibrosis is a prevalent condition that people can be carriers of without knowing. Testing is available to help a person find out whether cystic fibrosis (CF) might affect them or their child. (Medical News Today)

What to know about cystic fibrosis in children
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that doctors usually diagnose in early childhood. Find out about the diagnostic procedure and the treatments that may help reduce CF symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Can a person catch cystic fibrosis from someone else?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is not contagious. People only have the condition if they inherit specific faulty genes from both parents. Learn more about why people get CF here. (Medical News Today)

Garden snails may have secret weapons against aggressive bacteria
Researchers have discovered four previously unknown proteins in snail mucus, at least three of which have the potential to fight harmful bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Where antibiotics fail, 'bacteria-eating' viruses may prevail
Researchers have successfully used a mix of 'bacteria-eating' viruses to treat a dangerous, antibiotic-resistant infection in a chronically ill patient. (Medical News Today)

Common virus could speed up cystic fibrosis
New research finds that a virus that lies dormant in most of us can accelerate disease progression in people with cystic fibrosis. (Medical News Today)

Cystic fibrosis: Existing drug may improve lung function
According to a recent study, a commonly used antifungal medication could be useful for treating lung infections related to cystic fibrosis. (Medical News Today)

What to know about acute respiratory failure
Symptoms of acute respiratory failure include shortness of breath and confusion. Causes include lung-related conditions and chest trauma. Learn more about acute respiratory failure here. (Medical News Today)

Strength in numbers: How biofilms outfox antibiotics
Antibiotics are often the standard treatment when bacteria make us sick. But when these clever microbes form a community, they become resistant. (Medical News Today)

Scientists discover biomarkers which could lead to better treatments for CF patients
Researchers have identified two new biological markers of cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease which affects children and young adults, leaving them with lifelong health complications including... (Medical News Today)

Cystic fibrosis alters the structure of mucus in airways
Mucus is important for maintaining healthy lungs. Inhaled particles, including bacteria and viruses, get trapped in mucus and then cilia - tiny hair like projections on the surface of the airway... (Medical News Today)

Screening for both genetic diseases and chromosomal defects with a single biopsy improves pregnancy rates
Couples who are undergoing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in order to avoid transmission of inherited diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis, should also have... (Medical News Today)

Drug combination improves lung function within 15 days of treatment for children with cystic fibrosis
A combination of two drugs - lumacaftor and ivacaftor - improves lung function in children aged 6-11 with cystic fibrosis within 15 days of treatment, according to a phase 3 trial published in The... (Medical News Today)

Scientists uncover interactions between bacteria that infect the lungs in cystic fibrosis
Substances produced by a harmful bacterium in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients may enhance the growth of other bacteria that, in turn, inhibit the harmful bacterium's biofilm, according to new... (Medical News Today)

Wearable sweat sensor can diagnose cystic fibrosis, Stanford-led study finds
A wristband-type wearable sweat sensor could transform diagnostics and drug evaluation for cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other diseases. (Medical News Today)

Potential new treatment for cystic fibrosis uncovered
New research suggests that thymosin alpha 1 can correct the genetic defects typical of cystic fibrosis and stop the progression of the disease. (Medical News Today)

Study shows potential of stem cell therapy to repair lung damage
A new study has found that stem cell therapy can reduce lung inflammation in an animal model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis. (Medical News Today)

The mechanism of mucus: Discovery could lead to better cystic fibrosis treatments
People with cystic fibrosis (CF) suffer repeated lung infections because their airway mucus is too thick and sticky to keep bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens from causing chronic infection. (Medical News Today)

Bacterial pathogen demonstrates genome flexibility and diversification during chronic infection of cystic fibrosis patients
Chronic lung infections can be devastating for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), and infection by Burkholderia cenocepacia, one of the most common species found in CF patients, is often... (Medical News Today)

Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug
Scientists from the University of Liverpool have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of cystic fibrosis lung infections. (Medical News Today)

Study finds differences in lifespan between Canadians and Americans with cystic fibrosis
People with cystic fibrosis are living longer than ever before, but their lifespan is almost 10 years longer in Canada than in the United States, according to research published in the Annals of... (Medical News Today)

Antibiotics used to treat cystic fibrosis increases risk of permanent hearing loss
A powerful class of antibiotics provides life-saving relief for people with cystic fibrosis; however, a new study for the first time reveals the levels at which high cumulative dosages over time... (Medical News Today)

Updated cystic fibrosis diagnosis guidelines can help in diagnosis, personalized treatment
An international research group of 32 experts from nine countries has updated the guidelines for diagnosing the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. (Medical News Today)

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