Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

8 Tips For Protecting Your Lungs From Unhealthy Air

If you have a chronic lung condition, you’ll need to protect your lungs from being further irritated by unhealthy air. We’ve put together a list of ways to help protect your lungs against unhealthy air using information from the American Lung Association. Check the daily air pollutant forecasts. …

5 Extreme Challenges to Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis

  Fundraising is important to cystic fibrosis organizations like the U.K.’s Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The money helps support research into new therapies and possible cures, along with offering services to cystic fibrosis sufferers. There are many different types of fundraising events that appeal to the masses but some people want to really challenge…

This Wristband Can Detect Cystic Fibrosis and Diabetes

A wristband has been designed to help doctors detect diseases like cystic fibrosis and diabetes. The wearable device has a mechanism that can determine the levels of sodium and chloride in a person’s sweat — two properties which, if elevated, can indicate cystic fibrosis. MORE: Four common misconceptions about cystic fibrosis According…

CFer Makes Greeting Cards to Raise Awareness of Cystic Fibrosis

Seventeen-year-old Lily Royer was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis just before her first birthday. According to a report on CBS Denver, despite taking regular trips to Colorado’s Children’s Hospital for treatment and spending three hours each day doing necessary airway clearance, the Aspen, Colorado native was able to find time to design,…

7 Airway Clearance Techniques

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, there are seven major airway clearance techniques (ACTs) for patients with cystic fibrosis. Airway clearance is needed to help clear away mucus from the lungs to help prevent infections and to improve lung function. Children will need an adult to assist with ACTs, and…

4 Common Misconceptions About Cystic Fibrosis

According to the New York Times, “good decisions start with accurate information.” Here are four of the most common misconceptions non-patients have about cystic fibrosis. 1. Cystic fibrosis can be contagious. Some people are afraid they’ll catch cystic fibrosis if they are in contact with a patient, but it’s impossible.

6 Ways to Help You Take Care of Your Lungs

We tend to take our lungs for granted, that is until we develop breathing difficulties. But even when living with a chronic lung disease, it’s important to look after these vital organs as best we can. The Rush University Medical Center has some useful advice to…

5 Facts About Cystic Fibrosis and Fertility

Adults with cystic fibrosis are like any other, most want to find the person of their dreams, settle down, get married and have children. But how does cystic fibrosis affect a man or woman’s ability to have children? We’ve compiled a list of facts about cystic fibrosis and fertility based…

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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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