When it comes to cystic Fibrosis, one of the main problems is inflammation.
In other words, there’s so much of it going on, it can cause damage to your organs and make them weaker.
There are a lot of ways to treat it, including anti-inflammatories and steroids, but they’re not exactly cheap.
There’s also a big barrier to getting rid of cystic-fibrosis.
“The more you have, the more you can’t breathe,” says Dr. Amy Hochberg.
“That’s a big deal.”
So why not just get rid, or at least reduce your symptoms?
Dr. Hochber is a pediatric infectious disease specialist who is based at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Her goal is to prevent more deaths from cystic cystic fever.
“If we can reduce the incidence of cystitis, it’s going to be much more effective in getting people off of medications and off of antibiotics,” she says.
“And if we can lower the incidence by a factor of three or four, that’s going be very significant.”
Dr. Shrader and Dr. Cappelli say they have a similar approach.
“It’s about minimizing the amount of inflammation, so that it doesn’t affect your immune system,” says Shraders chief of pediatrics.
“We’re trying to eliminate the inflammation.”
So what does that look like in the real world?
In a small study, Dr. A.M. Breslin and colleagues at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia looked at 2,600 patients who had a history of cysts.
They compared them to people who didn’t have cystic, and found that patients with a history had more cystic than patients without.
“They had the same amount of cytic and they had the risk of dying,” says Breslyn.
“So we don’t think they’re being harmed.”
And it was a good test, too, for the doctors.
“When we compared them with people who did not have cysts, we saw a significant decrease in mortality,” says the doctor.
“In other words there was no difference between those with cysts and the non-cystic group.”
In fact, the group that had a cystic history had a 50 percent lower risk of death.
Dr. Beslin says she hopes the study can help other physicians make the same decision.
“I’m going to go ahead and start the procedure,” she tells ABC News.
“But I think there’s also the chance that I might have to be more aggressive than I might think.”
But there’s one more thing that may make a difference in the future.
Dr Hochner says the treatment for cystic Fibrosis is more complicated than just taking anti-inflammatory drugs.
The treatment has to address a whole set of issues.
And even then, it might not be enough.
“What we don`t know yet is how much damage we can take, so it’s still a very difficult problem,” says Hochers.
“There is a lot we don�t know.”
ABC News’ John Lott is the science correspondent.
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