Hereditary Diseases: Aerosol for Breathing

Though cystic fibrosis has had intense attention from medical researchers in the past few years, bedside doctors still find it bafflingly difficult to deal with the disease, which involves both the lungs and the digestive tract. It is not for lack of trying: they are using a dozen or more different drugs and other treatments. Now, Pediatrician Herman W. Reas of St. Louis Children's Hospital has found that boosting the patient's breathing efficiency twice a day with a new aerosol drug eases his distress and promotes his general health.

The victim of cystic fibrosis, almost invariably a child because...

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