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Saturday, June 11, 2011

900 Hours on Vest / Wet Cough / Clinical Study on DF508





When we were at Disney, Lil' Chris reached the 900 hour mark on his Vest!! Way to Go Lil' Buddy!!! Also....he hit a milestone thanks to his cousin R! He can now unbuckle his Vest all by himself!!! YEA!!! Now he doesn't have to undo the velcro anymore and make it so it doesn't stick. Anyone with this Vest would know what I mean;-) lol


When we came back from our Disney trip, of course we all got sick ;( It was actually the day after Memorial Day. Big Chris, Ayla, and myself all caught a cold and had runny noses. Ayla had a cough too. Lil' Chris woke up that morning at 6am throwing up until about 10:30am off and on. We don't think he had any soy protein, but it seemed like it. Hopefully he's not allergic to something else too.





Anyway, he had a slight fever that day and just hung out on the couch for a couple of days(he's sleeping on the couch in the pic above...which NEVER usually happens), but no more throwing up. He didn't eat much either, but he would drink so that was good. After those couple of days he was fine!! He still has not caught our colds which is GREAT, but of course he woke up on his birthday with a weird sounding cough. Then he had a bad wet cough the whole car trip to Cedar Point. We almost turned around. Once we got to Cedar Point and he started going on the rides, he didn't cough much anymore:) Since then, he has been coughing off and on... still a wet cough. The last 2 mornings he has woken up early coughing a lot. Once he got up and moved around, he stopped coughing so much...just off and on again. I left a message on MyChart with the CF clinic letting them know that I would keep an eye on him this weekend and if it gets worse I'll call them on Monday. Meantime, we'll do more Vest treatments and Albuterol if he needs it. Please pray it gets better so he doesn't need an antibiotic. I'll keep you updated.




On a good note, there has been some more promising results in some of the clinical studies that could help Lil' Chris since he is a double Delta F508, the most common CF gene!! This could be HUGE for CFers!! Please pray this is the CURE or more CONTROL of CF we have been waiting for!! Click here for the whole article or read below....

Phase 2 Study of Two Potential CF Therapies — VX-770 and VX-809 — Shows Promising Results in Patients with Most Common Mutation

June 9, 2011

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation today announced promising results from an ongoing Phase 2 study evaluating combinations of VX-770 and VX-809, potential medicines designed to treat the defective protein that causes cystic fibrosis.

The study enrolled 62 people with two copies of the most common CF mutation, known as Delta F508. The trial lasted three weeks. Participants took VX-809 for two weeks, and VX-809 and VX-770 together for a third week.

Patients who took the drug regimen showed a positive change in sweat chloride levels. Excessive sweat chloride is a key clinical indicator of cystic fibrosis. The findings suggest that VX-809 and VX-770 together improve function of the defective CF protein, known as CFTR.

“The results of this study represent a milestone in our efforts to expand the use of small molecules to attack the root cause of cystic fibrosis in those with the most common defect,” said Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the CF Foundation. “These data, while early, provide important new information that validates our approach and supports continued study of a combination-therapy approach to treating the basic defect of cystic fibrosis.”

The CF Foundation worked with Vertex to discover VX-770 and VX-809, and has provided substantial scientific, financial and clinical support throughout the development process, including an approximately $75 million investment.

These positive results support further testing of VX-770 and VX-809 as a combination therapy. Vertex plans to initiate the second part of this Phase 2 study in the fourth quarter of 2011.

In people with the Delta F508 mutation, the defective protein does not move to its proper place at the cell surface. VX-809 is designed to help the protein reach the cell surface, while VX-770 aims to help the protein function more normally once it is at the cell surface.

The defective protein creates a cascade of symptoms, including a buildup of mucus in the airways and other complications that lead to lung damage and ultimately premature death.

The CF Foundation has fueled dramatic improvements in research and care that have significantly changed the prognosis for people with CF. In the 1950s, children with CF usually died before reaching elementary school. Today, people with CF live into their 30s and beyond.

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