Cystic fibrosis is one of the most widespread fatal genetic diseases in the United States. A specific flawed gene triggers this scourge of infancy and childhood and causes a cascade of life-threatening symptoms. Thick, glue-like mucus seriously obstructs breathing passages, making effortless breathing impossible. Bacterial colonies develop and grow deep inside the lungs, leading to repeated severe lung infections. Dangerous digestive disorders prevent absorption of healthful nutrition, thus hampering normal growth and development. The ability to control symptoms becomes a matter of life or death. Until recently, most people with cystic fibrosis died in infancy or early childhood. With today's advances in treatment, however, many patients survive into their 20s and 30s and beyond. ""Cystic Fibrosis"" discusses this genetic disease, its history, current treatments, and how scientists are searching for a cure.
- Hardback | 128 pages
- 182.88 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 476.27g
- 15 Jul 2009
- Chelsea House Publishers
- Broomall, United States
- full-colour photographs & illustrations, sidebars, further reading, web sites, references, glossary, index
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About Sharon Giddings
Sharon Giddings, B.S.N., R.N., M.A., is a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Michigan State University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and other printed media nationally and internationally. She was a managing editor of a global monthly clinical trials magazine and currently serves as a contributing editor and editorial judge for a nationally circulated radiology and imaging trade magazine. She has a special interest in medical conditions and genetic issues that affect both children and adults. Giddings lives in Oregon.