As the American population gets older, with more chronic and lifestyle-related diseases, our healthcare system is struggling to increase access and quality of care while more effectively managing spiraling costs. At the same time, consumers are increasingly looking for ways to take control of their personal health, live a healthier lifestyle and care for themselves […]
“I never smoked, and I saw Mom suffer while breathing even though she didn’t smoke,” said John Walsh, whose lungs operate at just 34 percent capacity. Walsh, 66, has alpha-1 antitrypsin genetic deficiency, which often causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). His mother died at 46 from this genetic condition, and several of his siblings are severely alpha-1-deficient. Walsh’s twin brother is at end stage COPD and maintains 15-16 percent lung capacity.