Saturday, September 4, 2010

Shout out to CF Services!

It's not often that a company actually lives up to it's motto. However CF Services is one of those that stands behind theirs.
CF is Complicated
                       ...Getting your Medications Shouldn't Be!
They truly are the best at what they do, and I want to thank them for that. I had a situation where  insurance changed suddenly and my son was out of two of his medicines, which meant new prior authorizations, which I was told with this particular insurance it could be up to 2 weeks.  The very next day I received a two week emergency supply of the medicine while they work through the authorization process. 
So once again  THANK YOU CF Services!
If you aren't using them for you CF meds you should check them out.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Vitamin D aids Cystic Fibrosis patients

An interesting article on new Vitamin D studies and how CF patients may benefit:

Article found at:

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say vitamin D may help treat and prevent allergic reaction to mold in cystic fibrosis patients.

Researchers led by Dr. Jay Kolls of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans suggest vitamin D might be used to treat and even prevent allergy to the common airborne mold -- Aspergillus fumigatus.

A. fumigatus, tolerated by most people, can cause severe complications for patients with cystic fibrosis and asthma. As many as 15 percent of patients with cystic fibrosis will develop a severe allergic response -- known as allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, finds aspergillosis patients had a heightened response by immune cells -- type 2 T helper cells -- that was linked to the presence of the protein OX40L.

This response was correlated with lower levels of vitamin D. Patients who did not suffer from aspergillosis had higher levels of vitamin D.

"We found that adding vitamin D substantially reduced the production of the protein driving the allergic response and also increased production of the protein that promotes tolerance," Kolls says in a statement. "Based on our results, we have strong rationale for a clinical trial of vitamin D to determine whether it can prevent or treat allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis in patients with cystic fibrosis."