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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Frequently Asked Questions About COPDI'm a Nonsmoker, But I Have Emphysema Due to a Rare Genetic ConditionBob Campbell, 64, has struggled with lung problems all his life. He had severe asthma as a child, frea quent lung infections as a young man, and diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at a very early age—his late 20s. But it wasn't until this former newspaper reporter and editor from Prince Edward Island, Canada, was 55 that he found he had a genetic condition known as alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency. AAT is a protein that protects the lungs from diseases like emphysema, which is a type of COPD. Such a delayed diagnosis is not unusual: Fewer than 1 in 10 people with AAT deficiency know they have the condition. Today Campbell lives in Coral Gables, Fla., not far from the Alpha-1 Foundation headquarters, where he works as the communications manager and tries to increase awareness of this rare disorder. According to the foundation, about 100,000 Americans have a genetic AAT deficiency.What Is COPD?Changes You Can Make To Stay Healthy With COPDWhy COPD Can Cause Weight Loss19 COPD Healthy Eating TipsA Guide to COPD in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and Beyond3 Types of Lung Surgery for COPDDrugs Used to Treat COPDHow Quitting Smoking Can Slow Down COPD

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