Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

CF: The Facts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

CF: The Facts

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Most cystic fibrosis sufferers are diagnosed when they are babies.

What they have to learn to live with is Britain's most common life-threatening genetic disease.

Not growing properly or being able to put on the right amount of weight are the first signs of the inherited condition.

The problems are down to the pancreas which can't produce the right enzymes to digest the vital fat in food. That means it passes straight through the gut without releasing energy.

CF is a "multi-system" disease affecting many body organs, but most of the symptoms are to do with the lungs and the gut.

In a healthy person, there is a constant flow of mucus over the surfaces of the lung's air passages which removes debris and bacteria.

That doesn't happen with CF sufferers and leaves them at risk from chest infections and pneumonia.

Symptoms include persistent coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath even with ordinary activities.

Although there is no cure for CF, there is a lot of research going on into a cure through gene therapy. …

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