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All Fifty States to Screen Newborns for Cystic Fibrosis by 2010
Date:7/7/2009

up in the lungs and other organs, resulting in life-threatening infections and serious digestive complications. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of a cystic fibrosis gene. Most people who have a child with CF are not aware of a family history of the disease.

When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was created in 1955, few children lived to attend elementary school. Today, as a result of dramatic improvements in research and care fueled by the Foundation, the median age of survival for a person with CF is more than 37 years.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to curing and controlling cystic fibrosis. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation has more than 70 chapters and branch offices throughout the country, and supports and accredits a nationwide network of over 110 care centers, which provide vital treatments and other CF resources to patients and families. For more information, visit http://www.cff.org/.


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