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New cystic fibrosis test to simplify treatment decisions

New cystic fibrosis test to simplify treatment decisions

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Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Scientists have developed a new test to determine which cystic fibrosis treatment is best suited to an individual patient. The new test is part of a broader effort to personalize medicine.Several new drugs have improved health outcomes for patients with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs. Despite improvements, not every drug works for every patient.Trial and error is cost prohibitive, as many of the drugs are several thousand dollars and take months to take effect. Some can cause adverse side effects. It's imperative doctors prescribe the proper drug, or combination of drugs, the first time.While cystic fibrosis is caused by the absence of a properly functioning CFTR gene, more than 2,000 genetic mutations are associated with a malfunctioning CFTR g...