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What is Cystic Fibrosis and How is it Inherited?

Updated on December 3, 2015
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

Eva Markvoort died from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 25. Eva blogged about her condition, her lung transplant and her subsequent transplant rejection.
Eva Markvoort died from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 25. Eva blogged about her condition, her lung transplant and her subsequent transplant rejection. | Source

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The movement of salt and water through cells


What is Cystic fibrosis

"I'm living my life not for the number of breaths I take, but for the number of moments that take my breath away."

Eva Markvoort

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

(Bill Keane)

My introduction to the awful condition that is Cystic fibrosis came when I was a young newly qualified nurse working on the children's ward at the Brompton Hospital in Chelsea. The courage and bravery of the children who came to Rose Ward were one of the reasons why I decided to become a critical care paediatric nurse.

While caring for sick children proved to be exceedingly rewarding and fulfilling, it was also heart-rending to witness the suffering and extreme discomfort the children suffered, but admirable, they soldiered on. The Brompton, now the Royal Brompton Hospital is the largest specialist heart and lung center in the UK and one of the largest in Europe, so, of course, we saw many children with Cystic Fibrosis in varying degrees of severity. Working with children in this situation is tough, even for the seasoned professionals.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder caused by a defective gene known as the CFTR gene (Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator). CF is a life-shortening inherited disease. The condition occurs when a faulty gene is passed from parents to a child causing the lungs, pancreas and digestive system to become clogged with thick, sticky mucus.

What is CFTR Gene?

Genes are material in our chromosomes containing the code that determine how the cells in the body behave. They provide instructions to create the specific protein the body requires to perform a particular function.

The CFTR gene is a transporter gene located on the 7th chromosome; it provide the information needed to transport sodium and chloride ions across the cell membrane to controls the flow of water in mucus, sweat, tears, saliva and digestive enzyme. When this function fails, too much salt and insufficient water are allowed into the cells.

Cystic fibrosis, like other inherited diseases, is not contagious, nor can it develop in people who have not inherited the faulty gene. Unless someone is born with the disease, they will never have it. However; it is possible for an individual to be a carrier of the defective gene that causes CF.

In normal cells, the CFTR protein acts as a channel for the movement of chloride ions in and out of the cells, a function that is necessary for salt and water balance on epithelial surfaces. If the protein doesn't work correctly and that movement is blocked, an excess of salt and water results in a characteristic build-up of thick, sticky mucus in the tubes and passageways of the body. The build-up of mucus blocks the normal respiratory and digestive function and harbors infection that can cause damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs, giving rise to symptoms of Cystic fibrosis.

Research suggests, that the CFTR protein also affects the body in other ways and that more than a thousand known abnormalities can affect the CFTR gene. The type of defect a person has can be a factor in the severity of the condition.

Scientists say that the most common mutation (observed in 70% of cystic fibrosis patients) is a three-base deletion in the DNA sequence, causing an absence of a single amino acid in the protein product. Research into this disease continues.

How Cystic Fibrosis Affects Digestion

The digestive system is made up of a group of organs working together to convert food into energy. It breaks down food, absorb the nutrients and excretes the waste product. The pancreas is behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. It secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine to digest the food we eat.

In people with cystic fibrosis, clogs of thick, viscous secretion prevent the digestive enzymes from getting to the gut, and foods such as fats and proteins cannot adequately digest. The lack of enzymes may cause related symptoms such as large greasy offensive stools. Large stools can often cause irritation, swelling and blockage, making evacuation of the bowel difficult, giving rise to vomiting, bulging of the rectum and collapse of the bowel unto itself. Damage to the bile duct can eventually lead to cirrhosis and liver disease.

Some people with CF may develop distal intestinal obstruction syndrome, an obstruction that occurs in the small bowel causing cramping, constipation and pain.

How Cystic Fibrosis affects nutrition

In babies and children, the lack of nutrition prevents normal growth and development. People of all ages with CF have the common problem of unhealthy weight loss. They find it difficult to gain or maintain a normal weight. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is common in people with the condition.

Cystic Fibrosis affect Insulin

In addition to the digestive enzyme, the pancreas also produces the hormone insulin, this helps to control the blood glucose levels. In time, the build up of enzymes unable to reach the small intestine begins to break down the pancreatic tissue that produces insulin (the islets of Langerhans). The loss of tissue can result in slowing down and eventually stopping the production of insulin altogether, resulting in diabetes. Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas can develop due to the blockage of the duct leading from the pancreas to the small intestine.

Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

There is no cure for cystic fibrosis. However, treatments for the condition have much improved over the years. An early diagnosis and a well thought out treatment plan can improve the quality of life and survival rate. Monitoring and follow-up are also important, and where possible, patients with CF should be treated at cystic fibrosis specialty clinics. The aims of CF treatment include:

  • Controlling and Preventing Lung Infections, Infection is a frequent occurrence in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis. Therefore, antibiotics are necessary for the treatment of the condition. Antibiotics can both help to prevent and treat lung and sinus infection. The drugs can be taken by mouth, intravenously or by inhaling through a nebuliser.
  • Loosening and Removing the Clogs of Thick Mucus Secretion From the Lungs, airways clearance techniques can help to loosen and rid the lungs of sticky mucus. Removing the mucus can improve lung function and reduce the severity of lung infection. Airway clearance, such as postural drainage and percussion can be done by adult patients themselves, or with help from family, friends and therapists. Electric chest clapper or mechanical percussor are also used to loosen mucus from the lungs.
  • Inhaled Medication, there are many types of inhaled medications used to treat CF symptoms. Mucolytics are used to thin the mucus and to easily removed. Antibiotics for the treatment of infections from the bacterium such as Pseudomonas aeruginosin. Hypotonic Saline helps by drawing more water into the airways to loosen the mucus making it easier to remove. Anti-inflammatory medication can contribute to reducing swelling in the airways as a result of infection. Can be taken in the form of inhalation or orally.
  • Corticosteroids help to reduce swollen airways to improve breathing, available in sprays and nasal drops.
  • Oxygen therapy, this may be given through a face mask or nasal prongs in cases of advanced lung disease.
  • Nutrition, as we grow older, our nutritional needs change, to stay healthy, we need the right nutrition. For those with CF, where the intestine cannot absorb vital nutrition, the proper diet is essential. Dietitians at CF centers can offer nutritional programs individually tailored to each stage of life. For growth, development, and the ability to fight off infections, children with CF needs good nutrition and extra calories, there are times when it will be necessary to take extra well-needed calories through a feeding tube. Diets are supplemented with vitamins, A, D, E and K to replace the fat-soluble vitamins that the intestine is unable to absorb. High-calorie shakes will provide extra nutrients, a high salt diet or salt supplements can be taken before exercising, supplemental pancreatic enzymes will help to digest fats and proteins and help to absorb more vitamins.
  • Preventing and Treating Blockage in the Intestines, one of the earliest symptoms of bowel obstruction is pain in the right lower abdomen. The pain is often confused with appendicitis since both conditions present with the same symptoms. The absence of enzymes and lack of fluid needed for the digestive process results in constipation that may require intervention. Diet should include foods high in water content. Medication such as enemas, stool softeners and liquids like GoLytely can help to break up the obstruction to better facilitate the evacuation of the bowel. Mucus thinning medication can relieve the blockage. Surgery may be necessary to remove the intestinal obstruction where the blood supply to the intestine has been compromised. Oral medication may be prescribed to reduce stomach acid and to help pancreatic enzymes work more efficiently.
  • Preventing dehydration, People with CF don't always feel thirsty even when their bodies are in need of fluids. Dehydration can be dangerous, an individual with CF loses more sodium when ill, or during physical activities than someone without the disease. People with CF are at risk of hyponatraemia dehydration in hot weather. Sodium loss can result in the secretion of aldosterone to cause pseudo-Bartter's syndrome, with hyponatremia ( low level of sodium), hypochloremia ( low chloride iron ), hypokalemia (low potassium) and metabolic alkalosis. Hydration and an increased dietary intake of sodium or supplements are recommended during hot weather. Dehydration in people with CF is best prevented, drinking plenty of fluids and eating salty snacks can help.
  • Exercise can help to improve overall fitness, aerobic exercise can loosen and move stubborn mucus as the breathing gets harder, it is beneficial to general health, and can help to keep the bowel moving.

Natural Treatment Include:

  • Omega-3 and gamma-linolenic fatty acids, believe to be able to improve pulmonary status
  • Omega-3 fatty acids may be able to affect the production of mucus
  • Omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduce inflammatory biomarkers like erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and interleukin-8 concentrations in patients with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Ginseng enhances bacterial clearance
  • Papaya has been shown to have significant antibacterial action, effective on some bacterium including; Pseudomonas aeruginosin, Staphylococcus aureus, Shigella flexneri
  • Licorice is believed to be effective in reducing certain type of pulmonary inflammation
  • Bilberry has anti-inflammatory actions
  • Fruit and vegetable improve inflammatory markers and oxidative stress in adolescents
  • Choline related supplements may help to reduce severity of CF in children
  • Coconut oil, studies have shown that coconut oil rich in beneficial saturated fats can relieve conditions such as constipation, acid reflux and GERD. Coconut oil contains antimicrobial properties that can reduce infection and inflammation; this makes it the perfect natural treatment for all intestinal and gastric related problems. Research also show that coconut oil increases vitamin and mineral absorption. For decades, researchers have known that medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil were digested differently to other fats, this MCFAs may have significant implications for the treatment of digestive and metabolic conditions. Because the MCFA molecules are smaller than the long chain fatty acids, they require less energy and fewer enzymes to break them down for digestion.

Gene Therapy, With the discovery of the Cystic fibrosis gene in 1989, treatment of the condition was destined to move from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Gene therapy is said to offer the best hope for a life-saving treatment that can get to the very cause of CF, instead of merely treating the symptoms. The concept of gene therapy is to identify the defective gene and to correct the defect with a normal gene.

There are two types of gene therapy. The first, is germ line gene therapy, this therapy, can help not only the person with the condition but also their children. Germ line therapy would change the genetic pool, and future generations would have to live with that change (Genentect Inc., 1998).

The other form of gene therapy is somatic gene therapy (of, or relating to or affecting the body). This therapy involves changing the defective gene in a person, however, in this case, the change will not be inherited by the next generation. This gene therapy is preferred since it does not have the obvious ethical considerations that germ line therapy evokes. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the first ever trial, looking for clinical benefit following repeated doses of the cf gene wrapped in liposomes, began in 2012.

Patients received gene therapy or a placebo monthly for one year. The trial will last for around 18 months results should be available in 2014.

A breakthrough in stem cell research using mature blood cells from mice is reported by scientists in Japan. The research shows that by shocking blood cells with acid, the scientists were also able to trigger the transformation into stem cells. This new method of reprogramming cells is said to be cheap, simple and fast, with endless possibilities for regenerative medicine without the controversy. Hope for the future?

Just Gene Therapy Lecture : 2012 Trial of Repeated Doses Gene Therapy

New Era In Stem Cell Research

How Cystic Fibrosis Affect the Organs of the Body


How Common is Cystic Fibrosis: Inheriting the disease

We all inherit two CFTR genes, one from each parents, a child who inherits a defective gene from each parent will have cystic fibrosis.

Someone who inherits one faulty CFTR gene and one normal CFTR gene is a “Cystic Fibrosis carrier.” While a carrier do not usually experience symptoms of the disease, they can pass the defective gene to their children.

Cystic fibrosis is most common in Caucasians of northern European descent. An estimated 1 in 2,500 children born in the UK, are born with Cystic Fibrosis, 1 in 25 are carriers of the disease and around 10,000 people are living with the condition. In the US, 2,500 babies are born with cystic fibrosis each year, about 30,000 people have the disease, more than 10 million Americans carry the cystic fibrosis gene but are not aware of it.

By J Alexis-Hagues © 31/01/2014

Cystic Fibrosis Research: A breath of fresh air

List of genetic disorders include:

Human Disease
Angelman Syndrome
Color Blindness
Down Syndrome
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Haemophilia A
Polycystic Kidney Disease
16 (PKD1) or 4 (PKD2)
Prader-Willi Syndrome
Sickle-cell Disease
Cystic Fibrosis
Turner Syndrome
Klinefelter Syndrome

Diagram shows how two parents who are both CF carriers can pass the defective gene to their children.


Cystic Fibrosis Facts

  • Cystic fibrosis is caused by a defective CFTR gene, the gene responsible for making the protein that control the movement of salt and water in and out of the cells.
  • CF is one of the most common inherited diseases among Caucasians. 1000 new cases are diagnosed each year
  • The symptoms of CF vary over time and from person to person
  • Newborn can be screened for CF, diagnosis is based on the results of a number of tests
  • Although treatment have greatly improved in recent years, there is no cure for CF
  • As treatment continues to improve, life expectancy for people with the disease also improves, currently, some people with CF are living well into their forties, fifties and older
  • CF is an inherited disease of secretory glands, such as mucus and sweat glands, pancreas, liver, sinuses, sex organs and intestines
  • In people with CF, mucus becomes thick and sticky, it blocks the lungs and airways leading to serious lung infections
  • Lung function often begins to worsen in early childhood, causing severe breathing problems.
  • CF affects the pancreas by impeding the flow of digestive enzyme, this can prevent the absorption of fats and proteins which can causes vitamin deficiency and malnutrition. Also causes damage to the pancreas affecting the production of insulin resulting in diabetes.
  • CF causes excessive loss of salt through sweating, this can result in an imbalance of minerals in the body leading to dehydration, elevated heart rate, tiredness, weakness, low blood pressure, heat stroke and possible death in extreme cases.

Genetic therapy: Are you for or against it?

Do you or someone you know have Cystic Fibrosis, what do you think about Gene Therapy

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Theresa, this condition is one of the very worst, but the scientists are making great strides, especially in genetics. I appreciate you taking a look, hope all is well, my best to you.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Jo - Another extremely thorough and fascinating look at a quite terrible disease. I am glad to hear that there are some improvements in treatments and that the average life span has increased. Excellent essay. Theresa

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Audrey, always nice to see you. CF is a terrible disease indeed, thanks for taking a look, much appreciated.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Just an excellent hub on this terrible disease!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Vellur, so nice to see you! CF is a terrible disease, watching a child literally fighting for every breath can be very hard to do. For the parents, it must be hellish. Thank you for taking a look, much appreciated. take care and my best to you.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      It is really sad that children are affected with cystic fibrosis. It is very sad that there is no immediate cure specially for children. You are doing a noble job, hat off to you. Great hub, voted up.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Joelle, you are right about that, there are many who donate their time and money without seeking publicity and recognition, they are the real heroes.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are right that celebrities bring awareness but there are a lot of volonteers behind those big organizations who do a lot of work behind the scene without being recognize by the media with their name. And for most of them it's just fine like that because they believe so strongly to the cause :-)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Ruby, like you, I learned about CF early in my nursing career, I had hoped that we would be able to find a cure by the 21st century. However; the scientists seem to be getting closer. I'm glad you watched the videos they are very illuminating. Thank you for stopping by, always a pleasure.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Joelle, celebrities like Celine Dion do a lot to bring awareness to these conditions and also for organ transplant. Many of them have helped to raise money for research. Ordinary people have also done their bit by volunteering their time to raise money by taking part in running events or by simply donating to the CF Trust. I must thank you for the wonderful support, it is very much appreciated. I hope you're having a lovely day, take care and my best to you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am pleased to learn that gene therapy is happening. This is a heartbreaking disease. Your hub is interesting and informative. I learned much from the video. I remember studying cystic fibrosis in R. N. training. Thank's for sharing....

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I probably heard about the case of Eva Markvoort but forgot about it. With the case of Hélène Campbell, she was probably more in the local news because she is from Ottawa and that's why it striked me more. Céline Dion raised awareness about Cystic Fibrosis already in 1982 because she had a niece who was suffering from it. It was the first time that I heard about that condition. Céline Dion was starting her career at that time but she used her power in the media to raise awareness about that... and it's good thing! With awareness comes money and with money comes research and may be at the end hopefully a cure to help all those young people suffering from cystic fibrosis!

      Your article is very good to explain so many aspects of that disease! Because you always are so clear in your explanations, your hub will help a lot of people who want to know more! Thank you for that!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Pamela, thank you for this very insightful comment. As nurses, we see all kinds of suffering, but we never get use to seeing children in pain. CF is a terrible disease, the patients often said, it's like drowning from the inside. The encouraging thing is that there seem to be a massive amount of research in progress and they are getting closer every day. Thank you so much for taking a look and for sharing. Take care and my best to you.

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      Pamela J Oglesby 4 years ago

      Jo, I remember studying this disease when I was in nursing school and it is such a difficlt disease to live with. I remember we saw a video about a young girl that was just heartbreaking.

      This hub is awesome as it is so thorough in the description m symptoms and nature of the disease. I thought the comparison to other genetic diseases was also very pertinent information. I am sharing this hub with others to they will understand the nature and difficulties of cystic fibrosis.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Jamie, I'm glad to hear that Hannah didn't have this condition. Some babies also test negative at birth but are later found to be positive when they fail to thrive. I guess no test is always 100% accurate. I hope you got tested to check if you and your wife are carries. The false positive was probably just a fluke. I like to think that a cure isn't far off, not only for CF, but for all those horrific genetic disorders. Thank you for reading this, much appreciated. Take care and my best to you and the family.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Jo, what a great hub! When Hannah was in the womb one of the genetic marker tests performed in utero came up positive for Cystic Fibrosis, we were terrified. Luckily, this test did not prove to be true and Hannah breathes well to this day. My prayers though to families that have to deal with this horrible disorder. Maybe we will find a cure soon. Jamie

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Frank, appreciate the visit, always a pleasure to see you. Have a great weekend.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      thank you tobusiness for this useful medically charged hub bless you

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Eddy, it's always good to see you! I appreciate you taking a look at this. Hope you're having a lovely weekend and it's not raining up there in Wales. The sun is actually shining here for a change. :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and very useful tobu; voted up and I know it will benefit many. Here's wishing you a great weekend too.


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Faith, a pleasure to see you! This one took me way back in time. As I finished the article, I turn the TV on and, lo and behold, there was an announcement on the news about a breakthrough in stem cell research, a little later there was a film about a little girl with the disease. The tearjerker followed the ups and downs of the family as they tried to come to terms with the terrible disease and the child's approaching death. The really strange thing was, the film was set in the late seventies to early eighties, the exact time I was caring for children with CF.

      Not many people are aware of how dreadful some of these genetic disorders can be, let's hope the scientists will find a cure soon. I hope you're enjoying the weekend, take care and my best to you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Jo, I had no clue as to this horrible disease, and did not know that it is inherited. It takes a very special person to choose to go into the field in which you have and one who is so compassionate, such as yourself! This article is very informative and shows the extent to which you care for others too who suffer with such disease. I did not realize the severity of this disease.

      Excellent article. Up and more and sharing.

      God bless you dear Jo,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Flourish, I appreciate you taking a look, this is indeed a very sad condition, unfortunately; bad things happen to good people. There are so many horrendous inherited disorders, maybe one day we will be able to change what is bad about our genetic heritage and the long list of conditions such as CF and Sickle cell will be relegated to the ash heap of history. Have a wonderful weekend, my best as always.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      What a fantastic hub on a sad disease. You covered it thoroughly, providing excellent additional resources as well. I do hope that medical advances will find hope to eliminate the suffering.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Bill, you're trying to make me blush again, sorry.... no can do. :)

      Thank you for the wonderful comment! Caring for the sick requires a lot of commitment and dedication, but the rewards more than make up for it. The job has changed in the last few years, but it is still a very rewarding profession. Nice to be appreciated. :)

      Always a pleasure to see you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Devika, I was just about to come visiting. :)

      I enjoy doing these hubs and I hope they prove to be useful in spreading awareness. I love it when someone read my article and comment that they've learn something new. Thanks for the visit, much appreciate and hope you're having a marvelous day.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      What is Cystic Fibrosis and How is it Inherited? is a thoroughly researched hub information to help those in need and so well mentioned.Medical information is always handy such as this one. Voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, in case I have never told you, you have my utmost respect. Anyone who knows anything knows that nurses are the heart and soul of a hospital. The care and compassion you give patients is the stuff of legends. Thank you so much for caring about people and devoting your life to making them feel better. Bravo my friend.

      love and blessings


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Joelle, lovely to see you! It is always distressing to see children suffering, but this condition is particularly nasty. I can't even begin to imagine how the parents of children with this disease feels. There is a great need for transplant organs, I didn't touch on this here, because I'd like to write another article around it later. Canada and Ireland both have very high incidence of CF, the young lady in the video and first image is from Canada, she also had a transplant and did much to raise awareness, but sadly she lost the battle at the tender age of 25.

      Thanks a bunch for taking a look, and as always, very insightful comment, take care and my best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Jackie, it really is a terrible disease, but there are a lot of research being done world wide with some very promising results, not only for CF, but for many genetic disorders. While I was writing this, the announcement came on the news that the Japanese had found a way to make stem cells from the blood of mice. Fingers crossed, this could be the right tract.

      Take care, appreciate you taking a look.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You have done an outstanding job describing this disease Jo; I see now I had very little understanding of it. It is such a terrible disease I hope they will get a clue as how to stop it very soon! Up and sharing.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Another great medical hub, Jo! What a terrible condition to have. It must be heart wrenching for parents to see their children suffer like that. It's good that research is progressing and it gives hope to families with loved one touch by cystic fibrosis!

      A few years ago, a young lady from Ottawa suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and the result was that she was in desperate need of a lung transplant. He pulmonary capacity at the end was about 24%. She went on social media to talk about the importance of organ donation and because of her a lot of people realized how important it was and a lot more people signed their card for organ donation. She was lucky to have a lung transplant and doing very well. I think she continues to make lectures about the importance of organ donation.

      To come back to your hub, it's very well explained and illustrated! I think you should be a teacher for other nurses!

      Have a wonderful weekend!