What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?
A HEREDITARY CONDITION which may result in serious lung disease in adults and/or liver disease in infants, children & adults.


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Five-year study of Alpha-1 liver disease
in adults now recruiting participants

A five-year, multi-center study of Alpha-1 liver disease in adults has enrolled its first participants and is actively recruiting Alphas to take part, says Alpha-1 researcher Jeffrey Teckman, MD, of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, who is the study’s principal investigator.

The study will enroll a total of 100 patients at three locations: Saint Louis University, University of Florida in Gainesville and University of California, San Diego. Participants enrolled in the study will complete yearly research visits for a



E-cigarette marketing aimed at youths, Congress members’ report says


An investigation by Congress members into electronic cigarette companies’ marketing practices found that major producers are targeting young people by giving away free samples at music and sporting events and running radio and television advertisements during youth-oriented  read more…

Hospitals test less invasive procedures to help people with COPD breathe easier

An x-ray image of patient's lungs after coil treatment.

Hospitals are testing new procedures to help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease breathe easier without major surgery.

More than 15 million people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  read more…

Budget office: Obamacare will cost billions less than expected


The cost of expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be billions less than previously expected, according to a report released Monday.

An analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the coverage provisions of the ACA, also known as Obamacare,  read more…

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