Cystic fibrosis

Tom's into round two of The Greatest Dancer but how does he manage his cystic fibrosis?
Tom's into round two of The Greatest Dancer but how does he manage the cystic fibrosis which affects his breathing?

Tom, The Greatest Dancer and cystic fibrosis

Tom's into round two of The Greatest Dancer but how does he manage his cystic fibrosis?
Tom Oakley's dreams came true when he got through to the second round of BBC One talent show The Greatest Dancer after judge Oti Mabuse, who also stars in Strictly Come Dancing, called him a "phenomenal dancer". 

As well as spending more than 20 hours a week at dance college, the 16-year-old has to manage the chronic illness cystic fibrosis which affects his ability to breathe and digest food. When he first started to dance "my lungs used to burn," he says, but now it's made him healthier than ever. 

Tom chats to BBC Ouch's Beth Rose after a day in the dance studio. Subscribe to the podcast on BBC Sounds or say to your smart speaker "ask the BBC for Ouch" to play the latest edition.

Father says Louden, five, already seeing benefits of new drug

The father of a five-year-old girl from Carlisle says she now has much more energy since being given access to a life-extending drug.

Aya louden
BBC

Ayda Louden has cystic fibrosis, which affects her lungs and digestive system.

In October, the NHS decided that it would provide the drug, Orkambi, and she was given it for the first time last month.

Her father, David Louden, had campaigned for years for Aya to have the drug on the NHS.

It's just a huge weight lifted off our shoulders to know that you've now got the very best in health care possible for your daughter."

David Louden