My support group leader, Noreen, made this wonderful public service announcement about Alpha-1.
Here is her description of the video:
1 min 18 sec - Jul 11, 2007
This is my PSA on the condition called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. It is a spoof on the Viking genes that have been passed down ... all » through hereditary means. The mutated gene pair is called ZZ and can cause emphysema, cirrhosis and/or panniculitus. As many as 25 million people in the U.S. are unaware that they are carriers of the Z gene. It is commonly misdiagnosed as asthma in young adults. Alpha-1 can lead to a lung or liver transplant. I am a lung-affected Alpha and was diagnosed at age 38 with advanced emphysema.
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