VHI Women's Mini Marathon next Monday June 1st
Thursday, May 28th 2015 14:19
article thumbnailThere are just four days to go until the VHI Women's Mini Marathon which takes place next bank holiday Monday, June 1st at 2pm. As ever we encourage ladies to take part to raise funds and increase awareness for the Alpha One Foundation. For all those who are registered and taking part next Monday we are planning to meet...
article thumbnailSimon Hamilton, NI Health Minister recently launched a new report which examined progress made in reducing exposure to second-hand smoke in Northern Ireland incorporating a 5 year review of smoke-free legislation. The report entitled 'Smoke-free Spaces' was produced by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public...
article thumbnailThe American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2015 International Conference will take place May 15-20 in Denver Colorado. The ATS is a leading medical association dedicated to advancing lung, critical care and sleep medicine. During the International Conference in Denver patient organisations, clinicians, scientists and industry...
article thumbnailOver 200 people from 26 countries attended the 5th  Alpha-1 Global Patient Congress in Barga, Italy earlier this month. Speakers included renowned Alpha-1 scientists, clinicians, industry partners, patients, caregivers and familes. The Congress was the first organised by Alpha-1 Global, a program of the Alpha-1 Foundation...
International Clinical trials day - Open Day
Friday, April 17th 2015 10:39
article thumbnailTuesday 20th May is International Clinical Trials Day and to mark this day an open day is being held at the Clinical research facility (CRF) in St. James’s Hospital aimed towards the public and patients. The aim of this open day is to inform patients, research participants, support groups and the general public on what...
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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