Cystic Fibrosis patients learn about new advancements - - Jackson, MS

Cystic Fibrosis patients learn about new advancements

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families learned more about new life extending advances in medication and treatments Saturday.

Cystic Fibrosis Education Day was held at University Medical Center.

The genetic disease is a chronic lung disorder which is common in children and young adults.

Medical experts say 50 years ago children diagnosed with the disease usually only lived for six months.

Now research and treatment have extended life expectancy to over 38 years.

"We have found out the basic defect that is causing cystic fibrosis. So there are therapies, maybe a combination of pills which are coming up in the future maybe in two years which are going to affect the majority of the people with cystic fibrosis who are going to be potentially cured," Dr. Nauman Chaudary, Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center.

According to researchers, the combination of medicine and treatments could enable sufferers to live nearly normal lives.

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