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FDA/NIH public workshop: Developing Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Therapeutics

FDA/NIH public workshop: Developing Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Therapeutics
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Alpha-1 Foundation is proud and grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the FDA, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in organizing the public workshop entitled “Developing Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Therapeutics,” on Monday, September 16, 2019, in Bethesda, Maryland. The agenda was designed to review current...
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New Orleans passes strict smoking ban that includes e-cigarettes: ‘No legal right to smoke’

Friday, January 23, 2015
New Orleans passed a far-reaching smoking ban on Jan. 22 that prohibits lighting up in bars, casinos, private clubs — even in the car while waiting in line at a drive-through. Claiming there is no “constitutional right” to...
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Doctors perform UK’s first organ transplant from newborn donor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Doctors have performed the first organ transplants from a newborn in the UK. In a procedure described as a milestone in neonatal care, a 6-day-old baby girl’s kidneys and liver cells were given to two separate recipients after her heart...
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Inner-city living may not be key to asthma risk as previously thought, researchers say

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
A new study challenges the widely held belief that inner-city children have a higher risk of asthma simply because of where they live. Race, ethnicity and income have much stronger effects on asthma risk than where children live, Johns Hopkins...
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‘Naples Daily News': Frustrated by late Alpha-1 diagnosis, Casey Wolff joins research studies

Friday, January 16, 2015
Casey Wolff, an immigration attorney who lives in Naples, FL, recently made the front page of the Naples Daily News, a big boost in awareness for a little-known condition. Wolff has Alpha-1. Like many people with Alpha-1, Wolff, now 66, was...
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Test shows promise in differentiating lung cancer from nonmalignant nodules

Friday, January 16, 2015
Medicare indicated recently that it might soon cover CT scans to check longtime smokers for early lung cancer, and these types of scans are becoming more common. Now, an experimental test may help determine whether lung nodules detected by...
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Device may be ‘game-changer’ for people with lung disease

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
More than 3 million Americans suffer from advanced emphysema, the nation’s third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. Until recently there was little doctors could do to help them other than perform major surgery to...
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COPD video featuring NFL legend, patients and ATS members to air on CBS

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
This month, CBS affiliate stations in major cities will air “COPD: A Guide for Patients and Families,” a video the American Thoracic Society (ATS) produced in collaboration with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. The video features people with...
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Success of lung cancer drug Opdivo ends clinical trial two years early

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
A new cancer drug, Opdivo, is working so well that pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb announced Monday it is stopping a trial in lung cancer two years ahead of schedule. The trial compared Opdivo to Docetaxel, a type of chemotherapy used...
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CDC: In bad flu season, people with chronic illness shouldn’t wait to take antivirals

Monday, January 12, 2015
The nation is halfway through a bad flu season, dominated by a viral strain that is not very vulnerable to this year’s vaccine, federal health officials said on Friday. Because the virus, a type known as H3N2, can cause severe illness...
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In ‘party town’ of New Orleans, proposal to ban smoking in public places contentious

Monday, January 12, 2015
The haze that still swirls through many New Orleans bars became the spark igniting a fiery debate before the New Orleans City Council Jan. 7 whether to outlaw smoking in most businesses and public spaces across the city. Musicians,...
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An early Christmas present: President signs newborn screening bill

Friday, January 9, 2015
The rare disease community received an early Christmas present from Washington Dec. 18 when President Obama signed The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R.1281). The U.S. House of Representatives voted Dec....
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CDC, NCI issue first global report on smokeless tobacco use

Thursday, January 8, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute released the first report on the global use and public health impact of smokeless tobacco at the National Conference on Smoking or Health in Mumbai, India, in...
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