Hosted by Jimmy Johnson, the “Leading Edge” Series Educates Viewers on Cystic Fibrosis

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Advancements in Treatment and Research for Cystic Fibrosis

Causing severe damage to the lungs and the digestive system, Cystic Fibrosis is a life threatening disorder affecting nearly 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. Those inflicted with the disorder have an inherited defective gene which converts the mucus, typically a thin substance surrounding the tissues, into a thick and sticky substance. The thick mucus blocks the lungs, leading to lung infection and obstructs the pancreas, hindering the body from breaking down and absorbing food.

Advancements in research and treatment have extended the lifespan and quality of life for individuals living with the disorder. In the 1950’s, few children diagnosed with cystic fibrosis lived until Elementary School. Today, improvements in screening and treatment have made it possible for people to live into their 20’s and 30’s, and some living into their 40’s and 50’s.

“Leading Edge with Jimmy Johnson” has created a series for Public Television audience to educate the audience on Cystic Fibrosis and advancements in research and treatment for the life-threatening disorder. The “Leading Edge” Series will feature medical professionals working to treat patients and improve quality of life for those living with the disorder and organizations funding clinical trials for continued research.

The series is distributed to Public Television stations throughout the United States and is not distributed through PBS. Please visit the Leading Edge website at or email the producers at info(at)leadingedgeseries(dot)com for more information.

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