CF is a disease that causes breathing and digestion problems. Symptoms usually begin in the first year of life and
get worse over time. Some children are very sick; others are not. Problems may include coughing, repeated pneumonia,
lung damage, diarrhea and poor growth. People with CF are not mentally retarded. Their appearance is
not affected. Life is usually shortened, but most children with CF live 20 to 35 years. There is no cure. Treatment
is usually medicine and physical therapy.

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