Home Spirometers: A Useful Tool in Tracking CF Symptoms and Progress

Guest Blog By: Meranda Honaker

Over the last several months my health has continued to decline despite being compliant and diligent with my healthcare routine. In July I developed a fever during a trip to Boston to speak to a biotech company about my journey with cystic fibrosis. I developed a fever and by the end of my visit, I was unable to walk up steps without severe dyspnea. I was so exhausted from feeling sick I would return to my hotel room to lay in the bed for hours to rest. My chest pain and shortness of breath became so severe in the coming days that I could no longer take a deep breath. I checked my SpiroPd home spirometer which displayed a definite decline in my lung function. I immediately contacted my CF clinic to see my CF doctor. Initially, despite feeling bad, I assumed I was feeling poorly and decided not to rush to CF clinic. Sometimes I have a bad day or few bad days health wise and begin to improve on my own. Once I saw my lung function had declined I knew I needed to be seen in CF clinic rather than waiting it out.
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Positive Results for Phase 3 Studies of the Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor Combination Treatment

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) announced that the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published two articles with results from two Phase 3 studies of the tezacaftor/ivacaftor combination treatment, a medicine in development that is designed to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) in people ages 12 and older who have certain mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. Continue reading Positive Results for Phase 3 Studies of the Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor Combination Treatment

New drug for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

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AzurRx BioPharma and Mayoly Spindler Announce MS1819-SD Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier (IMPD) Submission

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Live Stream the North American CF Conference Tomorrow for Free!

The North American CF Conference (NACFC) provides a collaborative and educational forum for all CF professionals. The educational elements of the meeting program are targeted to physicians, nurses, research scientists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists, social workers, and pharmacists. Continue reading Live Stream the North American CF Conference Tomorrow for Free!

Phase 1a study for drug to treat CF regardless of CF Mutation

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Synspira Announces First Patient Dosed in Phase 1a Study of SNSP113 in Cystic Fibrosis
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PBS’s Documentary ‘The Gene Doctors’ Arrives Amid A Gene Therapy Boom

Molly Troxel, who has an inherited degenerative eye disease, regained some vision after being treated with Spark’s experimental gene therapy, Luxturna. (Photo courtesy of PBS.)

This month, PBS is airing a documentary called The Gene Doctors that spotlights several emerging gene therapies, Continue reading PBS’s Documentary ‘The Gene Doctors’ Arrives Amid A Gene Therapy Boom

Biopharmaceutical company developing novel small molecule medicines for genetic diseases caused by nonsense mutations

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Eloxx Pharmaceuticals Announces Expansion of Intellectual Property Estate for ELX-02 with Newly Granted Patent in Europe

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New Inhaled Antibiotic To Treat Respiratory Infections

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Polyphor launches the development of an inhaled antibiotic murepavadin

Polyphor Ltd has announced the development of an inhaled dosage form of its break­through antibiotic Murepavadin. Continue reading New Inhaled Antibiotic To Treat Respiratory Infections

Microbiologists uncover clues to clustering of lethal bacteria in CF patients’ lungs

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IUPUI microbiologists uncover clues to clustering of lethal bacteria in CF patients’ lungs

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New Pre-Clinical Data for Iclaprim

Motif Bio Presents New Pre-Clinical Data for Iclaprim at IDWeek 2017™

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