Save Your Breath COPD Awareness Campaign
Monday, November 17th 2014 16:55
article thumbnailThe Save Your Breath COPD awareness campaign kicks off this week. The campaign, taking place from November 17 to 23, coincides with World COPD Day on Wednesday November 19, and will see a COPD screening roadshow visit various locations around the country. The screening roadshow will be aimed at individuals over the age of...
article thumbnailThe annual Alpha-1 conference took place again this year in the Marino Institute of Education on Friday, 24th of October. Over 50 Alphas and members of their families attended making it one of the biggest patient meetings to date.
Christmas Cards 2014
Monday, November 10th 2014 10:27
article thumbnailThe Alpha One Foundation Christmas Cards for 2014 are now available. They are great value at €5 per pack of 10 cards and include an explanation of alpha-1 as well as our contact details.  Email 
Annual Alpha-1 Patient Meeting 2014
Thursday, October 2nd 2014 09:23
article thumbnailThe Alpha One Foundation is delighted to announce the Annual Alpha-1 Conference will take place on: Friday 24th October 2014, commencing at 9.30 am in Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. We would like to invite all Alpha-1 patients and their families to attend. We would especially like to welcome...
What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a vital protein produced by the liver to protect the lungs. It provides protection from the harmful effects of infections and inhaled irritants, particularly tobacco smoke. It can be easily measured by a simple blood test. 
What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic condition which, along with cystic fibrosis, is the commonest genetic lung disease in Ireland. It severely affects more than 12,000 people, with another 170,000 carriers also at risk of lung and liver disease. It is a proven genetic risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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