The Disease Of Cystic Fibrosis

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My research paper is going to be on the disease Cystic Fibrosis. Before I begin I want to explain a little background as to why I chose this topic. My brother in law’s brother lost his life at the age of 23 to this disease and it was extremely harsh for the family, even knowing this disease is incurable. It’s one of those rare diseases that we cannot cure as of yet but many doctors do research on how to overcome this. Just like any other incurable disease. What is Cystic Fibrosis? The name of it can be broken down into medical word terminology. Cystic means pertaining to cysts or characterization of them. Fibrosis means the abnormal condition of fibrous tissue in an organ. This disease affects the lungs and the ability to breath…show more content…
The pancreas also helps make enzymes that digest food. When you have Cystic Fibrosis, the level of mucus ends up blocking the ducts of the pancreas, reducing production of insulin and prevents digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines to help with the digestive process. When you have problems in your digestive system this can lead to diarrhea, malnutrition, poor growth and even weight loss. The history of Cystic Fibrosis dates back to the 1930’s. People would realize that children with “salty skin” often died in infancy and younger ages. “The disease was first named in 1936 by pediatrician Guido Fanconi. A profile published by a Dorothy Hansine in 1938, described the characteristics and symptoms of this disease and what exact organs it relates to. However, this did not help prolong nor solve the issue or help assist in any treatments at the time. It was finally discovered in 1949 by Dr. Anderson, that Cystic Fibrosis was a recessive mutant gene. More advances were not made until the 1980’s when researchers discovered organ damage and the malfunctioning of the epithelial tissue were caused by this disease called Cystic Fibrosis”. (“Who discovered Cystic Fibrosis?” Page 1, http://reliawire.com/who- discovered-cystic- fibrosis/). In the 1950’s it was noticed at that time that patients were suffering from excessive dehydration who were diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. This was
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