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Cystic Fibrosis, Life Expectancy, and the Greatest Health Care System in the World

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Published on Jun 13, 2017

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, intestines and other organs. A genetic mutation leads to secretory glands that don’t work well; lungs can get clogged with thick mucus; the pancreas can become plugged up; and the gut can fail to absorb enough nutrients.
It has no cure. Over the last few decades, though, we have developed medications, diets and treatments for depredations of the disease. Care has improved so much that people with cystic fibrosis are living on average into their 40s in the United States.
In Canada, however, they are living into their 50s. That’s the topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage.
This episode was adapted from a column Aaron wrote for the Upshot. Links to reading and further references can be found there: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/up...
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