'Groundbreaking' treatment found for cystic fibrosis

May 18, 2015 2:40 PM

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"While significant progress has been made with supportive therapies for cystic fibrosis, developing treatments that address the underlying genetic cause has been a challenge," said Susanna McColley, associate director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Researchers gave patients a combination of Ivacaftor, used primarily for patients with a specific genetic mutation that causes cystic fibrosis, and Lumacaftor, an experimental drug that addresses another mutation which a high percentage of patients have. The success of the study is being considered ...

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