[2014] Maya Basham: Cystic Fibrosis

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[2014] Maya Basham: Cystic Fibrosis



Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetically inherited disease passed down in families. It is caused by a change, or mutation, in a gene. To pass this disease, both parents must be carriers of the mutation. If the child only inherits one copy, they will not inherit the gene but possibly pass it on to their kids. Most cases of mutations change single amino acids in the CFTR protein. It affects multiple organ systems of the body. Some symptoms can be reduced with proper medical treatment to reduce mucus production and prevent it from becoming too sticky.

Cystic Fibrosis is a serious and life threatening genetically inherited disorder. CF is a multi-organ disorder that affects primarily the lungs and the digestive system. It causes mucus in the body to become thicker and sticky which causes it to build up in the lungs causing many complications to the lungs, pancreas, and digestive system. It also affects the movement of sodium chloride (salt) in and out of certain cells.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation( cff.org) is the biggest Foundation helping to fight CF. It is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis and finding cures, as well as new medicines. The Foundation funds and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease.


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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation(CFF)


What is CF? Video

-Over production of Mucus-Salty Sweat-Trouble breathing and exhausion-thickened digestive juices- Mucus becomes thick and sticky-lung infections- clogging in the lungs-digestive and growth problems.-Lack of Nutrients-Constipation


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