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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...

AAFA Responds to New Study on Changing Trends in Childhood Asthma Prevalence

By Cary Sennett, MD, PhD AAFA’s president and CEO, Dr. Cary Sennett, wrote these comments in response to a study published this week in the Journal Pediatrics. A study released this week (December 28 th ) by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that there is good news: after years of increase, the prevalence of asthma in children appears to be falling. Why that is so—and whether this is the beginning of a trend, or an anomaly—remains to be...

Congress May Add Sesame to the Top Food Allergens List

Congress has introduced important legislation to improve the way manufacturers label food allergens! The  Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2015 (HR 4061)  would also add sesame to the list of major food allergens. Currently, only eight allergens - milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy - must be listed on food labels. Sesame seeds and oil are used as ingredients in many common foods, but are often vaguely labeled as "spices" or "natural seasoning". Adding...