User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


28° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

South Dakotan Taking New Drug For CF

June 1, 2012, 5:16 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

South Dakotan Taking New Drug For CF
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The average life expectancy for people diagnosed with cystic fibrosis continues to increase.

The disease causes mucus in the body to become thick and sticky.  In the 1960s, people with the disease were only expected to live to be five years old.  Now on average, people live into their mid-to-late 30s.

New treatments are even making it possible for some people to live into their 40s and longer.  A promising new drug actually corrects the problem within the cells that causes cystic fibrosis.  The problem, only four percent of people with the disease respond to the drug.

Still, Sioux Falls Dr. James Wallace says this is a whole new ballgame for CF.  There is one person in South Dakota who is able to take the drug.

"Everything you read and everything you hear is history, and what's going forward at this point is the new frontier of cystic fibrosis with the new technologies and treatments.  With all the things that are being developed to improve the lifestyle, to make the health better for these patients with cystic fibrosis and everything," Wallace said.

Wallace says events like this weekend's CF Foundation's Great Strides Walk in Sioux Falls have made the new treatments possible.  The Foundation has helped provide a lot of money for research.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Local Doctors Create Headache Treatment

4/15/2014 6:22 PM

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic, severe headaches on a regular basis.  Local doctors have now teamed up to create technology to diagnos...

Full Story | Watch
Local Eye Care Clinic Creates Viral Video

4/11/2014 12:05 PM

While health care is usually a serious job, the staff at Vance Thompson Vision hopes to provide a few laughs through an online video.

Full Story
Urgent Care Facilities Booming In Western SD

4/13/2014 4:29 PM

The push by health care systems toward urgent care has led to a booming operation of clinics in western South Dakota.

Full Story
Testing For Allergies That Affect Eyes

4/14/2014 6:13 PM

If your eyes are itchy and watery lately, you could already be battling spring allergies.  But it can be difficult to tell whether you're suf...

Full Story | Watch
New Online Mental Health Tool

4/14/2014 10:55 AM

With around one in five people experiencing a mental illness every year, local organizations are joining together to provide help online.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED