Sunday, February 15, 2004

Fat acid clue to cystic fibrosis

BBC News
Sunday, 15 February, 2004

An imbalance of fatty acids may cause the lung inflammation experienced by cystic fibrosis patients, scientists have suggested. They say too much of one acid and too little of another means patients' bodies are more prone to inflammation

In the New England Journal of Medicine, they suggest Omega-3 oils, found in fish, could help correct the imbalance.

But experts warned CF patients not to change their diets until there is more proof they would benefit.

Each week three young people in the UK die from the disease, which is caused by the faulty CFTR gene.

CF causes an abnormally thick, sticky mucus to be produced in the body, causing chronic inflammation of the lungs leading to life-threatening infections.

The average life expectancy for a person with CF is around 31.

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