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Asthma Disparities in America: It’s Time for Real and Lasting Change

Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native people have the highest rates of asthma , hospital visits and asthma-related deaths. This has not changed since we first reported on it in 2005. It’s time to take bold steps to reduce disparities in asthma. Asthma Disparities in America Report Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native...

Public Health Emergency: Wildfires in the Western U.S. Cause Dangerous Air Pollution for People With Asthma

Record-setting wildfires continue to rage across the western United States, putting millions of people with asthma at risk. The smoke and ash from the fires are polluting the air , creating unhealthy – even hazardous – air quality. This is a serious health emergency. What Do People With Asthma Need to Know About the Current Wildfires and Air Quality? The EPA’s AirNow.gov program measures and reports the air quality across the United States. Air quality is measured by the number of small...

Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Video and Resources)

The MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), hosted a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. They answered questions and shared resources on how to create a school that is food allergy and asthma friendly while preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 . Watch on YouTube Resources Asthma COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools Helping Students Manage Asthma in School...

FDA Accepts Biologics License Application for Xolair® Prefilled Syringe for Self-Administration

Novartis today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the company's supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for a new self-administration option for Xolair® (omalizumab) across all approved US indications. If approved, Xolair prefilled syringe would become available for either self-administration by select patients or administration by their caregivers.

How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Asthma and Allergies

Even though COVID-19 will change how schools operate for the 2020-2021 school year, children with asthma and allergies need to have a school health care plan in place if they are returning to in-person learning. Physical distancing, extra hand-washing , face masks and coverings , and other school policies may impact your child’s care plan. What Is a School Health Care Plan? A school health care plan is a document (or set of documents) that outlines your child’s medical condition and how it...

Wildfire Season Has Begun – and It Affects Air Quality and Asthma

Each year, wildfires rage across the U.S. They have already begun in California this year. Smoke in the air contains tiny particles that affect air quality. These particles can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Poor air quality can worsen asthma symptoms . Children and those with respiratory disease like asthma are at high risk for asthma episodes when the air quality is poor. Wildfires do not only affect those in the immediate fire area. Smoke can blow many miles away and impact...

Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Webinar)

School staff and parents are dealing with many challenges this school year because of COVID-19 . Policies and procedures may affect students and staff with asthma and allergies. Join the MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), for a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. RSVP now to join us for the MedicAlert LIVE Healthy Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

AAFA Appoints Melanie Carver Chief Mission Officer

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is excited to announce Melanie Carver has been named Chief Mission Officer of the organization. As Chief Mission Officer, Carver will continue to lead AAFA’s programmatic work as a community-focused organization. Included in that community focus, she will oversee AAFA’s community outreach, marketing and communications, education, and asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program relations. She will also continue to help provide...

Advocacy Update: Funding for Asthma Programs and Food Allergy Research, Protections for Students, and Action on Sesame Allergy

Great Strides in July 2020 for People With Asthma and Allergies AAFA has made great strides this month in advocating for policies that protect people with asthma and allergies. The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468) and the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act (H.R. 2117) . These have been top priority issues for our organization and we're excited for this progress! UPDATE...

Cleaning Your Hands With Soap Vs. Hand Sanitizer: What Is Best to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 and Other Illnesses?

Keeping your hands clean is one of the easiest ways to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . It can also help help protect you from flu, colds and other respiratory infections . It also helps prevent foodborne illnesses (such as salmonella) while cooking. One study shows people touch their faces on an average of 23 times an hour. 1 Your hands come in contact with many germs, and when you touch your face, you increase your chances of getting sick. Keeping them clean...

First Digital Quick-Relief Albuterol Inhaler Uses Technology to Aid in Asthma Management

Teva Respiratory, LLC., a U.S. affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. today announced the launch of ProAir® Digihaler® (albuterol sulfate 117 mcg) Inhalation Powder, the first and only digital rescue inhaler indicated in patients four years or older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm who have reversible obstructive airway disease, and for prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB).

Ask the Allergist: What Is Considered a High Dose of Steroids for Asthma Treatment?

Information from AAFA’s Ask the Allergist is not a substitute for a consultation with a health care professional. Always talk with your own doctor before making changes to your asthma or allergy management plan. This question appeared in our spring/summer 2020 issue of freshAAIR Magazine, our FREE digital magazine featuring news and resources on asthma and allergies. Read the most recent issue. Question: When using oral steroids daily for the treatment of asthma, what is considered a “high...

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