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2009-05-04 03:02:00

SYDNEY, Australia, May 4 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Pharmaceutical company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS; Nasdaq: PXSL) is pleased to announce positive results of its recently completed international Phase III trial of Bronchitol(TM) in people with cystic fibrosis. The study represents one of the largest clinical trials conducted in cystic fibrosis. The primary endpoint of the trial was to assess whether Bronchitol improves lung function as measured by a change in Forced Expiratory Volume...

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2009-02-10 14:40:00

Although it may come as second nature to blow your nose to alleviate stuffiness, some argue that it reverses the flow of mucus into the sinuses and slows down the drainage. Dr. J Owen Hendley, and other pediatric infectious disease researchers at the University of Virginia, conducted CT scans and other measurements as subjects coughed, sneezed and blew their noses, according to the New York Times.  The subjects, in some cases, had an opaque dye dripped into their rear nasal cavities....

2009-02-06 08:43:16

A net with large holes won't catch small fish. Likewise, the microscopic fibers in the protective mucus coatings of the eyes, lungs, stomach or reproductive system naturally bundle together and allow the tiniest disease-causing bugs, allergens or pollutants to slip by. But Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered a way to chemically shrink the holes in the mucus layer's netting so that it will keep out more of the unwanted particles."The mucus layer is an outstanding barrier to most things,...

2009-02-05 11:44:49

Early inhalation of amiloride prevents chronic lung disease in a mouse model / Heidelberg researchers publish in the "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine" Heidelberg researchers have succeeded in preventing cystic fibrosis lung disease in an animal model by spraying amiloride into the lungs of young mice. This is the first therapy to successfully attack the root cause of the widespread hereditary disease in a living organism. When mice are given inhalation treatment...

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2009-01-13 12:40:00

A new research study suggests Vicks VapoRub, the salve used to relieve cough and congestion symptoms, can cause severe breathing problems in children under 2 when inappropriately applied directly under the nose. Using the product in this way can cause a young child's tiny airways to swell and fill with mucus, triggering severe breathing problems, researchers wrote in the journal Chest. "The ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway,"...

2008-09-05 16:59:58

Summer is over. School, crisp breezes and colored leaves are inevitable. But is the same true for catching a cold? Most adults have two to four colds a year and children easily double that figure, surveys report. Despite the name, colds are not caused by cold weather but by warm humans. The only way to ensure that you never catch a cold virus, says Dr. Jack Gwaltney, Jr., a cold specialist at the University of Virginia, is to "become a hermit." But knowing some uncommon...

2008-08-09 03:00:09

By Slotto, James Folio, Les Answer to last month's radiology case (#25) and image: Cystic Fibrosis Chest X-Ray Findings: A Teaching Analog (Case # 26 appears at the end of this article) History Two patients are shown for comparison purposes. The first is a 21 year old male with long-standing cystic fibrosis who presented with an increasingly productive cough and required a PICC line for long- term antibiotic therapy. The second patient is a 53 year-old woman two days status-post medium...

2008-07-14 00:00:26

By Thomas Lee, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 14--Doctors use balloon catheters to open clogged arteries. Now, one local start-up hopes to apply the same technology to people who have clogged sinuses. Entellus Medical Inc., based in Maple Grove, has developed what it bills as a cheaper and less invasive away to treat sinusitis, or severe chronic sinus infections. The procedure involves inserting a balloon catheter into the nasal cavity through a tiny incision under the lip, expanding...

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2008-07-13 18:00:00

Doctors use balloon catheters to open clogged arteries. Now, one local start-up hopes to apply the same technology to people who have clogged sinuses. Entellus Medical Inc., based in Maple Grove, has developed what it bills as a cheaper and less invasive away to treat sinusitis, or severe chronic sinus infections. The procedure involves inserting a balloon catheter into the nasal cavity through a tiny incision under the lip, expanding the balloon in the passageway and draining excess mucus...

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2008-01-21 16:00:00

New research shows simple salt water may be the best cure for a child's cold symptoms.  In a recent European study, rinsing with a nasal spray made from Atlantic Ocean seawater improved cold and cough symptoms faster and prevented recurrence in children 6-10 years old. The study, funded by Goemar Laboratories La Madeleine, Saint-Malo, France, which makes Physiomer, the seawater nasal spray used in the analysis, was published in this month's issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology....


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Cystic Fibrosis
2013-07-19 15:03:45

Cystic fibrosis, also called mucoviscidosis, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of the viscous secretions in the body. In turn, it effects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines, as well as all other exocrine glands in the body. The most common genetic mutation that causes CF is a deletion of three nucleotides that results in a loss of phenylalanine, an amino acid at the 508th position on the protein. It should be noted, however, that there are over a thousand other mutations that...

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