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What Causes Asthma in Infants and Toddlers?

We still do not know what causes some people to get asthma. If a child has a family history of asthma or allergies, a specific allergy or had a mother who smoked during pregnancy, they have a higher chance of getting asthma early in life. A respiratory virus, an illness that occurs in the lungs, is one of the most common causes of asthma symptoms in children 5 years old and younger. Although both adults and children experience respiratory infections, children have more of them. Some...

AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

Notice any small cats and dogs riding the rails on Amtrak recently? One of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Facebook fans did. The person told us about a recent policy change, writing: This obviously poses a huge health risk to children and adults with pet allergies, some of which may be severe or even life-threatening. Amtrak isn't even reserving a single car to be designated as pet-free, not even the quiet car. Would the AAFA be willing to send a letter to Amtrak illustrating...

AAFA Explains: What Is the Difference Between Alternative and Complementary Medicine?

What is the difference between alternative, complementary and integrative medicine? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) wants you to know what these mean so that you can make informed healthcare choices. Complementary medicine refers to something you do or take along with treatment your doctor tells you to follow. Alternative medicine refers to something you do or take instead of your regular treatment. Integrative health care is the practice of combining complementary and...

AAFA Urges Inclusion of Patient Voice in Analysis of Costly New Asthma Drugs

Biologics are a new class of drugs that fight disease at the source . Instead of attacking symptoms, these drugs target diseases like asthma at a molecular level. These newer types of drugs are more expensive than older medicines. That is prompting public discussion on how to pay for them. The cost of caring for patients with the most severe forms of asthma represents a majority of asthma healthcare spending. In addition, asthma is a leading cause of missed time from work and school. Last...

AAFA Adds Prestigious Healthcare Leaders to Board of Directors

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), America’s leading advocate for individuals living with asthma, food allergies and allergic disease, today announced the addition of ten influential healthcare leaders to their Board of Directors. New members bring to AAFA additional expertise in advocacy, public policy, the pharmaceutical and payer industries, modern communications and the use of healthcare data analytics.

AAFA Brings Perspective of Asthma, Allergy Patients to FDA

What is it like to have food allergies, asthma, or nasal allergies? What do patients need and want from their treatments? How can we improve allergy care? The chief executive officer of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America spoke about these issues at a recent FDA advisory committee meeting. Dr. Cary Sennett spoke to the Allergenic Products Committee about the everyday challenges of life with food allergies, asthma and other allergies. Dr. Sennett attended the meeting to represent...

Sign the Petition to Save Patient Access to Allergy Shots

Proposed regulations introduced by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) could dramatically limit patient access to allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). If these new regulations go into effect, allergists would unlikely be able to continue to mix allergen extracts for their patients. The result may limit timelines of allergy shot treatment. The insurance coverage of this treatment may also be restricted. What can I do to prevent these regulations from going into effect? The American...

Asthma Risk May Be Affected by Early Childhood Diet

A study of 910 Finnish children showed a link between diet at a young age and the risk of developing asthma. Out of the 910 children, 182 had asthma. The rest were part of a control group. Researchers looked at 3-day food diaries of the children. The results indicated that limiting cow’s milk because of dairy allergy “significantly increases and mediates the association between food consumption and childhood asthma risk.” The study looked at what children ate early in life...

An Important Voice for People with Asthma and Allergies

Patients should have access to new, life-saving and life-enhancing treatments for asthma and allergies. We are proud to announce: AAFA’s CEO, Dr. Cary Sennett, will be advocating on your behalf to state insurance commissioners. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is the professional association for the regulators within each U.S. state and territory who establish and monitor the standards for healthcare insurance programs. They chose Dr. Sennett to represent the...

New Law in New Jersey Allows Access to Epinephrine in Public Places

Good news, New Jersey! Governor Christie has signed a bill into law expanding access to epinephrine auto-injectors in public places. What does this mean for you? Under the law, a person who has completed a training program will be allowed to give epinephrine to anyone experiencing a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis . Certain public places and businesses (such as restaurants, amusement parks, theaters, camps, etc.) will be allowed to have auto-injectors available for allergy...

NYC Taking Steps to Promote Healthy Housing

The New York City Council is considering the Asthma-Free Housing Act of 2015 We know the environment can play a strong role in our health. But for patients with chronic conditions like asthma, a healthy indoor setting is critical. Indoor health hazards can all be asthma triggers . These hazards include mold, dust and pests (cockroaches, dust mites). Healthy indoor settings are a vital part of managing and controlling asthma. In large urban cities, older buildings and housing issues can often...

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