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Preparing for Awareness Month with social media, proclamations and our 2nd annual Virtual Walk

Preparing for Awareness Month with social media, proclamations and our 2nd annual Virtual Walk
Monday, September 26, 2016
The Alpha-1 Foundation will again mark Alpha-1 Awareness Month, designed to increase knowledge about Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1), throughout November. Alphas from all over the United States participated in Virtual Walks.  People who have Alpha-1 and those who support them will hold educational events, participate in fundraisers for research to find a cure, and share their...
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Alpha to celebrate 30-year anniversary of her liver transplant

Monday, September 26, 2016
We all celebrate anniversaries. Tracy Holmes celebrates hers with her donated liver. Tracy Holmes Next week, the New Zealand woman will mark the 30th anniversary of her liver transplant – the first person from her country to undergo...
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Escape to the Cape celebrates 21 years of raising Alpha-1 awareness

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Over 20 years ago, Mary Pierce got a call from a friend. It was about a bicycle fundraiser for people with lung disorders. Sheila Favazza, left, and Sue Binnall, co-leaders of the Massachusetts Alpha-1 Support Group, helped organize Alphas'...
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PPTA statement says plasma protein products are safe, not affected by Zika virus

Saturday, September 24, 2016
The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) has issued a statement saying that the safety of plasma protein therapies is not affected by the Zika virus (ZIKV). "According to recommendations from health authorities, measures such as...
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2nd Annual Portsmouth River Walk will take place Oct. 22

Friday, September 23, 2016
The Strickly Alphas Support Group will host its second annual River Walk in Portsmouth, Ohio on Oct. 22. The event will raise awareness of Alpha-1 and generate funding for Alpha-1 research and related programs. Those who participated in last...
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20 million would lose health coverage under Trump's plan, study finds

Friday, September 23, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study that examines some major healthcare proposals from the presidential candidates finds that Donald Trump would cause about 20 million to lose coverage while Hillary Clinton would provide coverage for an additional...
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Rising Obamacare costs still lower than employer-sponsored insurance

Monday, September 19, 2016
People who warn that President Obama's health-care law is in dire straits often point to rising health insurance premiums as proof. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has called premium increases on Affordable Care Act exchanges "astronomically high."...
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Drones may one day zip Alpha-1 blood tests to labs

Monday, September 19, 2016
Three years ago, Geoff Baird bought a drone. The Seattle dad and hobby plane enthusiast used the 2.5-pound quadcopter to photograph the Hawaiian coastline and film his son's soccer and baseball games. Timothy Amukele, left, an assistant...
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Smoking damages DNA, study finds

Friday, September 16, 2016
Smoking scars DNA in clear patterns, researchers reported this week. But most of the damage can clear up after several years without smoking. The study of 16,000 people found that while most of the disease-causing genetic footprints left by...
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New rules to open up data from clinical trials

Friday, September 16, 2016
Universities and drug companies that use human volunteers for research face tough new rules designed to make sure that valuable information from these volunteers is widely available, not only to the volunteers themselves but to scientists trying...
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‘I am not ready to die,’ says Canadian Alpha awaiting liver transplant

Friday, September 16, 2016
A Canadian woman is hoping someone will give her the gift of life – literally. Beverley Mallyon More than a year ago, 57-year-old Beverley Mallyon was diagnosed with Alpha-1 liver disease.  When she received her diagnosis...
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COPD deaths down for most Americans, government says

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Fewer Americans are dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), except for black women and the middle-aged, a new government report shows. Between 2000 and 2014, there was a 12 percent overall drop in deaths from the progressive lung...
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The ads say ‘get your flu shot today,’ but it may be wiser to wait

Thursday, September 15, 2016
The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot. Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off shopping pass for everyone who gets a shot, while Walgreens donates toward international...
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