Sunday, October 24, 2010

Did You Know? Boomer Esiason Foundation has a Lung Transplant Grant Program

This is from the Boomer Esiason foundation web site. If you are a transplant candidate you may want to talk to your social worker at your clinic about this.

BEF LUNG TRANSPLANT GRANT PROGRAM
While the cost of transplantation is typically covered by most insurance companies, travel and relocation costs are typically absorbed by the patient’s families. The BEF Lung Transplant Grants Program is designed to help families cover the expenses that are not covered by their insurance.

Possible expenses to the recipient and family include, but are not limited to: Patient and family transportation costs for evaluation, surgery, and clinic visits after transplant; and housing, food, and living expenses associated with relocation to the transplant site.

http://esiason.org/index.php/site/cysticfibrosis/transplantgrants/
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Article: One Step Closer to a Drug Treatment for CF

“The normal function of a cell is to pass chloride ions across the cell membrane at a very fast speed,” Hwang said. “We know some signaling molecules elicit this reaction, much like a hand signals an automatic water faucet to dispense water. But in the case of cystic fibrosis, that signal is no longer detected by the mutated channel protein. Through some mechanisms we still don’t quite understand, malfunction of this channel protein eventually leads to bacterial infection in the lung, which is believed to be responsible for the most severe symptoms of cystic fibrosis.”


The most recent study found that manipulating the sensor of the channel protein can significantly rectify the malfunction of the mutated channel, thus opening the door to a drug design that may eventually be a “real cure,” Hwang said.
Read the whole story using the link below

HealthNewsDArticleigest.com