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The United States Adult Cystic Fibrosis Association, Inc. (USACFA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization whose mission is to publish a quarterly newsletter to facilitate the exchange of information among adults with cystic fibrosis (CF), foster a nationwide network of support groups for adults with CF, and sponsor/collaborate on regional conferences in the United States for the exchange of information between the medical and research community and adults with CF. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease in which, because of a defective gene, mucus-secreting glands within the lining of the lung’s airways (bronchi) produce unusually thick, sticky secretions. This clogs the air passages, promotes bacterial growth, and leads to chronic obstruction, inflammation, and infection of the airways. These thick secretions also obstruct the pancreas, keeping digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines to help break down and absorb food.
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