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What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary metabolic disorder characterized by abnormal production of thick mucus. It primarily affects the pancreas and respiratory system and results in chronic infection.It’s estimated that 2,500 babies are born with cystic fibrosis each year and that more than 30,000 children and young adults in the United States currently have it.

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Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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