Thursday, January 5, 2012

Breathing Easier in Montreal

In cystic fibrosis, the lungs are destroyed after they become too inflamed, which can in turn sabotage the whole respiratory system. While advances in drugs, diets, and physiotherapy have helped improve the quality of life for sufferers, we still need to treat the inflammation of the lungs. A recent small study showed that ibuprofen, a standard inflammatory medication, can help children with cystic fibrosis. However, the study's results are not conclusive. At McGill University, Larry Lands hopes to prove that the medication can work in the real world. He will use a large sample of 440 children from across Canada to help determine if ibuprofen can be used safely and effectively over the long term.
Dr. Lands' research is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR is Canada's preeminent health research catalyst and is funded by the government of Canada. An exciting new concept, CIHR is modernizing and transforming the health research enterprise in Canada.
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