Report from Alpha-1 Conference 2017
Thursday, November 9th 2017 15:56
article thumbnailThe Annual Alpha-1 Patient Conference took place again this year in the Marino Institute of Education in Drumcondra in Dublin on Friday, October 20th. Over 60 Alphas and family members attended with plenty of familiar faces as well as a lot of first time attendees. Tea, coffee and scones were a welcome start to the...
It's never too late to quit
Thursday, November 9th 2017 10:52
article thumbnailSmoking is the number one risk factor for lung disease in those born with Alpha-1. The European Lung Foundation and the European Respiratory Society describe the benefits of quitting smoking in two excellent diagrams. Remember no matter how late in life one quits there are benefits to be gained. Avoiding smoking at all...
MRCG-HRB Alpha One Foundation Research Funding Call
Tuesday, November 7th 2017 16:11
article thumbnailThe Alpha One Foundation is pleased to announce participation in the MRCG-HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2017, a collaboration between the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Medical Research Charities Group (MRCG).  The Alpha One Foundation is committed to encouraging research into alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. As we gain...
Would you like to help build a better Health Service?
Monday, September 18th 2017 10:44
article thumbnailA new project called "Your Voice Matters; stories to build a better health service" has been launched by the HSE in conjunction with IPPOSI. To improve the health service, the HSE wants to find out what patients and service users expect from it and to find out what matters most to people in Ireland. In Your Voice...
"We Need To Breathe To Live..."
Thursday, September 14th 2017 16:37
article thumbnailCan you imagine struggling to breathe… Close your eyes and focus on how you breathe, how you take this basic task for granted, you just do it without thinking about it. It’s really no big deal… or is it? Oxygen enters your body via your lungs. Then the oxygen passes into your blood, your blood carries the oxygen to your...
What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a vital protein produced by the liver to protect the lungs. It provides protection from the harmful effects of infections and inhaled irritants, particularly tobacco smoke. It can be easily measured by a simple blood test. 
What is Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency?
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic condition which, after cystic fibrosis, is the commonest genetic disorder in Ireland. It severely affects more than 15,000 people, with another 250,000 carriers also at risk of lung and liver disease on the island of Ireland. It is a proven genetic risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
How Do I Get Tested?
The Alpha One Foundation provides free testing for Alpha-1 as part of a national screening programme which is funded by the HSE. For more details ring 01-8093871 or email alpha1@rcsi.ie.