Author Archives: Margarida Maia PhD

Elixir Chooses Maxor Specialty as CF Medication Provider

Pharmacy benefits and services company Elixir has chosen Maxor Specialty Pharmacy to be its network’s exclusive provider of medications for cystic fibrosis (CF). Maxor Specialty specializes in rare diseases like CF and is one of four pharmacies in the U.S. to have access to all medications approved for cystic fibrosis,…

CFTR Protein Dynamic, Changing Shapes in Ways Affecting Disease

Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), the protein that is mutated in cystic fibrosis (CF), is not as rigid a structure as previously thought, but rather one that may transition between shapes, a molecular study has found. Under certain conditions — such as the most common CF-causing mutation, F508del…

Sildenafil Increases Exercise Capacity, Study Suggests

Sildenafil improves how muscles work when patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) exercise and this translates into better exercise capacity, a new study suggests. The study, “Exercise intolerance in cystic fibrosis: importance of skeletal muscle,” was published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports &…

Study Will Assess How Diet, Exercise May Extend Lifespan

People with cystic fibrosis (CF) generally are living longer and healthier lives than in the recent past. Now, researchers will conduct a five-year study to look into ways to further increase and improve the lifespan of people with the disease. The idea behind the study comes from a collaborative…

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What It’s Like to Have a Family Member in the ICU

Main graphic for "Safe and Sound," Cystic Fibrosis News Today, by columnist Shelby Dell
Five years after her brother, Bradley, fought for his life in the ICU, columnist Shelby Dell reflects on how his hospitalization affected her.

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