Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a recessive gene disease that affects approximately 1 in 3,200 Caucasian births. The disease affects the glands that produce mucus, sweat, and intestinal secretions.  This causes thick mucus to accumulate in the lungs and in the digestive system; the majority of those suffering from the lifelong hereditary condition, will spend their entire lives on medications for their lungs and pancreatic enzymes to aid in digestion of fats, proteins, and complex carbohydrates.  There is currently no cure for Cystic Fibrosis and as of 2009, the average human life-span is about 37 years.

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