Author Archives: Forest Ray PhD

Northern Ireland Reaches Deal With Vertex for Access to Kaftrio

The government of  Northern Ireland reached a deal with Vertex Pharmaceuticals to make Kaftrio (ivacaftor/tezacaftor/elexacaftor) available for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, once the medication receives its European license. The agreement follows similar ones that the company made recently with England and Wales.

COVID-19 Source of Anxiety for Women With CF Children, Survey Finds

Anxiety related to fears of COVID-19 infection was higher among mothers of children with cystic fibrosis (CF) than those of healthy children, although teenage patients themselves were less anxious than age-matched peers without CF, a survey of families in Turkey reported. Mothers of young patients with chronic lung infections, and…

England Using Home Spirometry Kits to Cut Down on Hospital Visits

Thousands of people in England with cystic fibrosis (CF) soon will be equipped with digital home spirometry kits. This will allow patients age 6 and older to monitor and share vital lung function information with their physicians without leaving home unnecessarily to make often-lengthy journeys to the hospital. Monitoring…

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The Benefits of Being Sick

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As columnist Lara Govendo reflects on her journey through CF and transplant, she realizes there are a surprising number of benefits.

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