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Jonathan Maidment completes a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail raising awareness and funds for Alpha-1

Jonathan Maidment completes a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail raising awareness and funds for Alpha-1
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
October 16, 2019 – Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for the past seven months. Jonathan Maidment completes his journey to raise awareness and funds for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1). Holding up his Alpha Angels flag to honor those that have lost their battle to this condition, Maidment, a 24-year-old from Connecticut, takes each of the 2,650 miles of this long-distance...

PCORI to fund comparative effectiveness research for hepatitis C drugs

Friday, December 12, 2014
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to fund and promote research into how conditions and diseases should be diagnosed and treated, announced plans to award...

Scoring system for lung cancer screening debuts

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
A system of scoring lung lesions observed in screening studies was reviewed in Chicago by researchers for the American College of Radiology (ACR) who hope the new tool will be as successful for lung cancer screening as ACR's BI-RADS has been for...

CMS: Special Medicare enrollment period for Western New Yorkers affected by storms

Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced on Dec. 1 that people in Western New York affected by the recent winter storms will have a special enrollment period if they are unable to complete their Medicare enrollment for 2015 by the...

Report: Hospital errors down, saving 50,000 lives

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Wide-ranging efforts to make hospital care safer have resulted in an estimated 50,000 fewer patients dying because of avoidable errors in the past three years, according to a new report presented by government and industry officials on...

Lucky 13: Alpha celebrates transplant anniversary in midst of Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Deborah Labud was 36 years old, living in Virginia and working as a waitress when she began having trouble breathing. The shortness of breath hit when she stood up, tried to climb stairs or carried trays at work. “I got...

Proposal would shift insurance enrollees to lower-cost plans

Monday, November 24, 2014
  People who bought Affordable Care Act health plans for 2014 but who don’t go back to shop again for 2015 will automatically keep the plan they first chose, even if its price goes way up. Now the federal government is proposing that...

Test gauges danger of rejection for children needing organ transplants

Thursday, November 20, 2014
This is a test: Write down the first thing that comes to your mind at the mention the word “transplant.” I’ll bet no one reading this column thought about pediatric liver or pediatric small- bowel transplants. But these...

Big changes for 2015 workplace plans: Watch out for 6 possible pitfalls

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
You don’t get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions because you’re not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans — where most working-age folks get coverage — are changing...

Q&A: What's covered, what's not under Affordable Care Act

Monday, November 17, 2014
As the federal government and states launch a second round of enrollment under the healthcare law, consumers should be aware of what's covered and what's not when buying health coverage through insurance marketplaces. Plans cover essential health...

‘This is for every Alpha out there,’ Virginia woman says of Awareness Month proclamation

Friday, November 14, 2014
Sherry Gochenour, of Rockingham County, VA, was once a runner. Diagnosed with Alpha-1 three years ago, “now I can’t even walk to the mailbox,” she said in an interview broadcast Thursday on WHSV TV-3. In the...

Study explores way to diagnose bronchitis cause, prevent unnecessary antibiotic use

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Antibiotics won't do an ounce of good for most cases of acute bronchitis, a nasty chest cold that can stir up a bone-jarring cough for months. Yet doctors prescribe the bacteria-killing drugs for as many as 70 percent of patients with the...

AASLD presentation: Alpha-1 polymers first biomarkers to show severity of liver disease

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The level of alpha-1 ZZ protein polymers in the blood is the first biomarker found to indicate the severity of Alpha-1 liver disease, according to an abstract presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the study of Liver...

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