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Cystic Fibrosis Overview

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects 1 in 2500 children born in the United States. Take a crash course in the basics of CF and find answers to common questions about the disease.

The Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Gene
What is the CFTR gene? What does it do? What happens to the CFTR gene in those with cystic fibrosis? Learn about the gene that causes cystic fibrosis.

Is There a Cure For Cystic Fibrosis?
One of the fist things people ask after their cystic fibrosis diagnosis is if there is a cure. Find out the answer.

What is the Life Expectancy of Someone With Cystic Fibrosis?
How long can someone born today with cystic fibrosis expect to live?

What Does it Mean to Be a Cystic Fibrosis Carrier?
Newborn and prenatal genetic testing is quite common these days. Consequently, well-kept secrets that once sat quietly in our chromosomes are making themselves known. Cystic fibrosis is one of those secrets that many people are surprised to discover lurking in their genes. Find out more about what it means to be a cystic fibrosis carrier.

Fat Soluble Vitamins vs Water Soluble Vitamins
Learn about the differences between fat soluble and water soluble vitamins, how these two types of vitamins are used by the body and why fat soluble vitamins are especially important in people with cystic fibrosis.

Physiology of Breathing
In order to fully understand how cystic fibrosis causes breathing problems, it is important to understand how breathing normally works. Take a step-by-step look at what happens to the air you breathe.

Understanding Cystic Fibrosis
Looking for basic information about cystic fibrosis (CF)? Read about what cystic fibrosis is, what causes it, common symptoms, diagnosis methods and treatment. Also read about life with CF, prognosis, and what to do if your child has CF.

Cystic Fibrosis: More Than a Lung Disease
Cystic fibrosis is widely recognized as a lung disease, but it is actually a disease that affects many parts of the body.

Genetics of Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is the most common inherited autosomal recessive disease. Learn what that means, and about the role genes play in CF.

What is "65 Roses," and What Does It Have to Do With CF?
What do roses have to do with cystic fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis Milestones
Take a peek at this timeline of important events in cystic fibrosis history from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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