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Bodybuilder fights Alpha-1 breathing problems with exercise

Bodybuilder fights Alpha-1 breathing problems with exercise
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Nobody has to tell Bob Thornsberry the importance of exercise. He first began lifting weights regularly when he was a fullback on the high school football team in Memphis, Michigan. Bob Thornsberry “When I got into the Air Force shortly after high school in 1969, I got back into weightlifting right after basic training,” says Thornsberry, now 65, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida....
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Alphas need fitness program to improve breathing, says fitness trainer dealing with her own breathing challenges

Alphas need fitness program to improve breathing, says fitness trainer dealing with her own breathing challenges
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Jodi Fillmore was in the best shape of her life more than four years ago when she entered a bodybuilding competition. When the event was over, she had beaten all of her competitors except one, and had designs on a professional bodybuilding career. There, she could compete full-time and earn prize money. Jodi Fillmore But soon after that brief moment of glory in September 2011, she noticed...
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Health tips for Alphas

Health tips for Alphas
Monday, January 11, 2016
For Alphas, the most important way to prevent disease or slow disease progression is avoiding risk factors. The biggest risk factor for lung disease is cigarette smoking. Any Alpha who smokes must stop! It is also important to avoid second-hand smoke and avoid inhaling irritants at work. While augmentation therapy is available for Alphas with lung disease, this is only one part of...
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Ask the Alpha Doc: Doctor answers questions about Alpha-1

Ask the Alpha Doc: Doctor answers questions about Alpha-1
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Winter 2015 issue of Alpha-1-To-One magazine is in the mail to some 27,000 people with free subscriptions and is now available online. Q: How close are we to an inhaled augmentation therapy for Alpha-1? Will I be able to carry a little inhaler in my pocket, the way I carry my albuterol now? That would be so great.  A: For sure, a convenient, effective, inhaled form of augmentation...
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Medicare open enrollment deadline is Monday

Medicare open enrollment deadline is Monday
Friday, December 4, 2015
Monday, Dec. 7 is the deadline for Alphas to select, update, or renew their Medicare plan to ensure that their personal healthcare needs are met and they are not over or under-insured for the coming year. Those who have not already assessed their needs since open enrollment began on Oct. 15 are advised to make sure that their current plan is best suited for their medical care as well as their...
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Alpha-1-To-One magazine Winter issue in your mail now

Alpha-1-To-One magazine Winter issue in your mail now
Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Winter 2015 issue of Alpha-1-To-One magazine is in the mail to some 27,000 people with free subscriptions and is now available online. Read the cover story, "A New Beginning: Frank Willersinn gets second chance at life and makes the most of it:" Frank Willersinn, MD, had an out-of-body experience. A deadly strain of streptococcus bacteria infected his left hand in 1996, and...
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Despite challenges, Alpha Terry Nickerson determined to keep climbing

Despite challenges, Alpha Terry Nickerson determined to keep climbing
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Terry Nickerson likes to quote American pop singer Frankie Laine’s version of “You Gave Me a Mountain,” from 1969. The song ends: So this time, Lord, you gave me a mountain A mountain I may never climb And it isn’t a hill any longer You gave me a mountain this time   But Nickerson is determined to climb it.   He started facing hills at a very young...
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Recovering after lung transplant, Kansas Alpha-1 activist Julie Swanson feels ‘truly blessed’

Recovering after lung transplant, Kansas Alpha-1 activist Julie Swanson feels ‘truly blessed’
Friday, February 6, 2015
Julie Swanson got the call on Saturday morning in late January. The next day, Jan. 25, she received a double-lung transplant after what her mother, Peggy Paul, described as “18 long months” on the waiting list. Swanson, of Olathe, Kansas, well-known in the Alpha-1 community for her activism and support group leadership over more than 20 years, is healing at Barnes Jewish...
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