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How does surfing help Cystic Fibrosis patients?




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Inhaling salt water rehydrates the lining of the lungs 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 August, 2014 - According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, it seems that surfing can extend the life of people suffering from cystic fibros. Past studies have led scientists to conclude that inhaling concentrated salt water (hypertonic saline) mist provided benefits to adults and children suffering from CF. 

Moreover, Australian doctors observed that young surfers with cystic fibrosis had significantly healthier lungs. Inhaling salt water rehydrates the lining of the lungs and loosens the thick mucus that builds up, thus reducing recurrent infections alongside its associated lung damage and respiratory failure.

In 2011, a group of researchers from Seattle designed a clinical trial to test whether inhaling hypertonic saline helps young children with cystic fibrosis. 

The study evaluated the safety of 7% hypertonic saline administered twice daily for 14 days in children with CF 12-30 months of age, and the results, entitled “Inhaled hypertonic saline in infants and toddlers with cystic fibrosis: short-term tolerability, adherence, and safety“ and published in the Pediatric Pulmonology journal, showed that the hypertonic saline was well-tolerated and caused few side effects, providing encouraging short-term tolerability and adherence data in young children with CF.

This treatment has been called the “saltwater” breakthrough, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation wants to raise awareness to raise funds for continuous research into this disease. 

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