By: Suzahn Ebert
For most people, the simple act of taking a breath is often taken for granted. But for the approximately 30,000 people living with Cystic Fibrosis in the United States, every breath requires effort, not only from the individual, but also from doctors, caregivers, family members, and even researchers here at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that causes, among other complications, a buildup of mucus in the lungs. People with CF typically have frequent, persistent lung infections and limited breathing capacity. Because it is a genetic disease, there is no cure for CF; however, there are therapies and medications that target symptoms of the disease to vastly improve patients’ quality of life. Read More