Alpha-1 Foundation, AARC cooperate on study to test 5,000 Copd patients for Alpha-1.
The principal investigator is Robert A. Sandhaus, MD, PhD, of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver. Sandhaus is also the Clinical Director of the Alpha-1 Foundation.
According to Sandhaus, "If the current literature is correct, the study should identify about 50 to 100 individuals who are unaware they have COPD due to Alpha-1. In addition, the study should identify about 300 people who are carrying a single abnormal Alpha-1 gene. All will be counseled about the potential risk to their children and family members."
Sandhaus points to an intriguing possibility. "If this study confirms what much smaller studies have suggested about Alphas hidden in the COPD population, there could be as many as 400,000 individuals in the US who have lung disease due to Alpha-1 and don't know it."
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|Title Annotation:||INDUSTRY NEWS|
|Publication:||FOCUS: Journal for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2008|
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