Background

Ireland has the third highest death rate from lung disease in Europe. It can affect anyone regardless of age, health status and walk of life yet unlike the other big killer, Heart Disease, it doesn’t seem to be prioritised. Jonathan meets Prof Gerry McElvaney from RCSI who has discovered that the high prevalence of one type of lung disease in this country could be linked to a genetic lung condition (Alpha-1) which affects 1 in 24 Irish people, 90% of which are undiagnosed…

For more information on Alpha-1 and how to get tested, visit the Alpha One Foundation website, www.alpha1.ie, ring 01-8093871 or email alpha1@rcsi.ie