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Talk on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Tuesday, October 13

(September 22, 2015) - LAS VEGAS, NV

The American Lung Association in Nevada is presenting a talk on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency at our Centennial Hills Hospital Better Breathers Club (the Club) on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Conference Room, 6900 N. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89149.

According to the Alpha-1 Foundation (www.alpha1.org), Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic (inherited) condition that is passed from parents to their children through their genes. Alpha-1 may result in serious lung disease in adults, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and/or liver disease at any age.

Lindsay Megenhardt of Dohmen Life Science Services (520-331-7333, Lindsay.Megenhardt@dlss.com) and an Alpha-1 advocate will be speaking to the Club about the role of Alpha-1 in the development of COPD. Megenhardt will describe testing for the genetic defect that causes the disease and treatment.

About 12 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and there are as many as 12 million more people who have COPD but have not been diagnosed. It is the third leading cause of death among women and men in the United States.

The American Lung Association’s Better Breathers Club is an educational and social support group for people with lung health disease, their loved ones and caregivers. Certified facilitators, usually registered respiratory therapists, lead the Clubs. Club membership is free and the public is welcome. We have five active Clubs meeting in Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City and Pahrump. Our online support group for people living with COPD is Inspire (www.inspire.com).

Our Centennial Hills Hospital Better Breathers Club is facilitated by Henry Clay, RRT-NPS, pulmonary rehab specialist at Centennial Hills Hospital Pulmonary Outpatient Therapy Center (702-835-9898, henry.clay@uhsinc.com.) 

For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health, tobacco use and tobacco policies, contact the American Lung Association at Media@Lung.org or 312-801-7628. 

CONTACT: Richard Davis  |  American Lung Association in Nevada - Las Vegas
P: 702-431-6348
E: RDavis@Lungs.org 

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About the American Lung Association in Nevada 

The American Lung Association in Nevada is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: www.Lung.org

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