Author Archives: Joana Fernandes, PhD

CF Can Be Diagnosed Without Exposing People to Radiation, Study Says

A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique, called ultrashort echo-time (UTE), can efficiently detect abnormalities in the structure and function of the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), a study reports. This finding suggests that UTE-MRI can be an alternative to current ways of diagnosing CF, which expose patients to radiation. The…

Lung Inflammation in CF Animal Model Studied via Light Imaging

Lung inflammation in animal models of cystic fibrosis (CF) can be studied by a combination of genetics and bioluminescence imaging (BLI) techniques, that is, techniques that allow the non-invasive study of ongoing biological processes due to the ability of certain molecules to generate light, new research suggests. The study, “In vivo Monitoring…

Bacteria Seen to Work Together to Promote Inflammation in CF

The abundant mucus in the lungs of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients helps certain types of bacteria, called anaerobes, to survive and, in turn, support the survival and proliferation of more dangerous opportunistic pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which otherwise would not find the nutrients they need in mucus-lined airways, a study reported. This symbiotic…

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Don’t Overlook Emotional Wellness When Dealing With Chronic Illness

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Living with a chronic illness can affect emotional wellness, writes columnist Lara Govendo, who offers up some ideas for managing both.

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