Leitrim Observer Interview with Colm Costello
Friday, March 27th 2015 14:56
article thumbnailHaving been diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency at just six months old,  Colm Costello from Ballinamore, Co.Leitrim was one of the youngest patients to undergo a liver transplant operation in Ireland in May 2007 when he was just 18-years-old. Despite the disorder, Colm was able to live a relatively normal young life,...
VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2015
Friday, March 27th 2015 13:03
article thumbnailThe VHI Women's Mini Marathon is taking place on Monday June 1st in Dublin and as ever we welcome ladies to take part to raise funds and awareness for the Alpha One Foundation! The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is the largest all female event of its kind in the world and the largest one day charity event in Ireland. Over...
Would You Like to Become a Patient Expert?
Thursday, February 26th 2015 11:15
article thumbnailEUPATI is a new European Union training programme designed to help patients become directly involved in the research and development of new medicines. Five Irish patients joined the course in October 2014. The second cycle of the EUPATI Patient Expert Training Course will be accepting applications from January 19th 2015,...
article thumbnailOn March 29, 2004 the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to implement a national workplace smoking ban. This legislation was comprehensive, banning smoking in workplaces including restaurants, bars and pubs. Following the ban studies carried out in pubs and bars showed a decrease in worker's...
New Study Indicates E-cigarettes Can Harm Lungs
Thursday, February 5th 2015 16:06
article thumbnailNew research suggests e-cigarettes generate toxic chemicals similar to those found in tobacco and may harm the lungs and immune system. In this new study, mice exposed to e-cigarette fumes suffered mild damage to their lungs and became far more susceptible to respiratory infections. This study clearly warrents further...
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).
How Do I Get Tested?
The Alpha One Foundation provides free testing for Alpha-1 as part of a national screening programme, which is funded by the HSE. For more details ring 01-8093871 or email alpha1@rcsi.ie.
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