Author Archives: Vanda Pinto

Metal in Source Water Tied to NTM Infection in Patients in Colorado

Source water levels of a metal called molybdenum is a significant environmental risk factor for nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection among people in Colorado with cystic fibrosis (CF), a database study focused on that state reported. NTM infection, caused by Mycobacterium abscessus (M. abscessus), is a difficult-to-treat bacterial infection, and…

Tobramycin Given in Nanoparticles May Best Treat P. aeruginosa

A new biomaterial made up of nanoparticles showed a potential to improve — by up to 100,000 times — the efficiency of tobramycin, an antibiotic used to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. Tobramycin, carried within a nanostructured material, completely eradicated P. aeruginosa infection in a…

Orkambi Shows Long-term Safety, Efficacy in Children Ages 2-5

Long-term use of Orkambi (lumacaftor/ivacaftor), an approved cystic fibrosis (CF) treatment, is safe and effective for children between ages 2 and 5 with two copies of the disease-causing F508del mutation in the CFTR gene, a study reported. It draws on results from a Phase 3 open-label extension trial…

Computer-designed Enzyme May Help to Kill P. aeruginosa in Biofilms

An enzyme produced using computer design, in combination with the antibiotic tobramycin, efficiently kills Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a pathogen that often infects the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), a study shows. It works to neutralize a metabolite called pyocyanin, required by P. aeruginosa to attach to surfaces…

CF Foundation Continues Free Access to Online Exercise Platform

Thanks to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), people with cystic fibrosis (CF) in the United States will receive free access to the online wellness and exercise platform Beam through the end of this year. “Wellness plays a critical role in an individual’s quality of life no matter what challenges…


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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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