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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....

2007-12-22 15:00:00

Like an estimated 37 million other Americans, Glen Templeton has sought medical treatment for sinus infections. The 20-year-old Carroll High School graduate, who now attends Ball State University, began experiencing severe problems a couple of years ago due to allergies. He took antibiotic after antibiotic in an attempt for relief. "He'd finish one round, and then a couple weeks later, he'd have another infection," said his mother, Cheryl Templeton. In August, he developed an infection in...

2006-01-18 17:31:06

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Mists of inhaled salt water can reduce the pus and infection that fills the airways of cystic fibrosis sufferers, although side effects include a nasty coughing fit and a harsh taste. That's the conclusion of two studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine and released on Wednesday. They found that inhaling a mist with a salt content of 7 or 9 percent improved lung function and, in some cases, produced less absenteeism from school or...

2006-01-18 17:45:00

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with cystic fibrosis suffer from mucus build-up in the lungs that makes breathing difficult, but investigators now report that salt water can ease the condition. Long-term inhaled saline with a 'hypertonic' salt concentration of 7 percent improves lung function and reduces pulmonary flare-ups in patients with cystic fibrosis, according to a report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. Short-term studies have suggested that hypertonic...

2005-11-30 08:55:00

'Tis the season for congestion, but simple precautions can help, experts say It may not be nice to fool Mother Nature, but when it comes to colds, you need all the ammunition you can get. Americans suffer an estimated one billion colds a year, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and because so many colds occur in the winter time, there has always been a sense that cold weather causes colds. In fact, a recent, small study from the UK.'s Common Cold Centre...

2005-11-29 13:47:39

The bronchial tubes of a patient with severe asthma can become scarred due to repeated episodes of allergic inflammation in the airways. The scarring results in blocked airways, excessive production of mucus, and shortness of breath. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that when a single gene "“ IKK beta "“ is selectively inactivated in the membrane-lining cells of the bronchial tubes of mice that later inhale allergens,...

2005-07-28 14:02:19

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic researchers have found that the cause of chronic sinus infections lies in the nasal mucus -- the snot -- not in the nasal and sinus tissue targeted by standard treatment. The findings will be published in the August issue of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and are available online at http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/jaci. "This strikingly teaches against what has been thought worldwide about the origin of chronic sinus infection: that inflammatory...

2005-06-02 14:49:39

Cells sent to fight infections in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients actually enhance the development of permanent bacterial infections, according to researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Infections with the bacteria Pseudomonas are a major cause of sickness and death in cystic fibrosis patients. The findings, published in the June issue of Infection and Immunity, suggest new treatment strategies for patients with cystic fibrosis. "Pseudomonas can use the remnants of...

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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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