The Surfing Solution: How Seawater Can Help Treat Cystic Fybrosis

A lot of surfers look for a spiritual side to the sport. I think that is what has always drawn me to the beach–I’ve always felt a spiritual connection to the waves. Now, I guess I have (yet) another reason to ride. For the ones we’ve lost….

Cystic fibrosis, it turns out, doesn’t like salt water. Inhaling it rehydrates the airways, allowing mucus to flow more easily and be dislodged by coughing. Patients have used saline nebulizers to achieve this effect for years, and new units are under development that people can use during sleep. But CF sufferers who would rather catch waves than z’s might get some of the same benefits (albeit at a much lower concentration) by hopping on a surfboard.

(via WIRED)

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