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About 30,000 people in the US have cystic fibrosis. It is caused by a defective gene but people can be symptomless carriers of the gene. The disease becomes obvious when two carriers produce offspring. It causes production of thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and the pancreas causing lung threatening lung infections and inability to digest food. Treatment involves chest physical therapy, medication, vitamin supplements and high-calorie diets.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Sweetwater Reporter
About: Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic defect
Date: 21 June 2004
Source: Sweetwater Reporter
Author: Kimberly Gray
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