Asthma and Allergy News and Research

New Pediatric Asthma Yardstick Provides Health Care Professionals a Roadmap for Managing Asthma in Children

Although about 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States have asthma, there are few comprehensive U.S. guidelines for treating pediatric asthma. The Pediatric Asthma Yardstick, a new guideline from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), offers a user-friendly “operational document”. It helps health care professionals understand which controller treatments are right for which age groups and identifies when a step up is needed.

Study Shows Mepolizumab to Be a Safe and Effective Long-Term Treatment Option for Severe Asthma

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from GlaxoSmithKline to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Nucala (mepolizumab) study reports long-term safety data, consistent exacerbation reduction and improved asthma control New study showed one third of patients had no exacerbations on long-term treatment with Nucala GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) today presented new data from the longest study of an anti-IL5 biologic treatment in severe...

Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

As Nancy Gomez knows, managing a child’s severe asthma can take a big toll on a parent’s time, finances and emotions. Nancy’s 10-year-old son, Oziel, has had asthma and allergies since he was a baby. Today Oziel has environmental allergies to pollen, animals, dust, smoke and more. His allergies, exercise and cold weather all trigger his asthma. On top of this, Oziel also has life-threatening food allergies. And he is autistic. Managing all of this is a constant challenge.

Managing Asthma and Poor Air Quality in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the #14 Asthma Capital

During gym class, young April Behounek, noticed a burning sensation in her chest and trouble breathing. She told her mom and they went to see an allergist in northern Wisconsin. At age 10, April was diagnosed with asthma and an allergy to dogs. She grew up managing her asthma with the support of her parents and her doctors. This included using both long-term control and quick-relief inhalers.

What To Do If You Have Trouble Filling Your EpiPen® or Generic Epinephrine Prescription

We have heard from members in our community that many are having trouble filling prescriptions for three of the four types of epinephrine auto-injectors: EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (distributed by Mylan) The authorized generic of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (distributed by Mylan) Epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector, the authorized generic of Adrenaclick® (distributed by Impax) This is due to possible shortages at pharmacies. Kids With Food Allergies has confirmed there is no shortage of the drug...

Leading Patient Advocacy Organizations Join Forces to Launch National Program Aimed at Raising Awareness of Severe Form of Asthma

Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN) and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today announced the launch of Be the Boss of Your Asthma, a national educational program that aims to raise awareness of severe eosinophilic asthma – or S.E.A. – a serious and often hard-to-control form of asthma.

Fighting for Air in Detroit, Michigan, the #16 Asthma Capital

Shari Duncan has had asthma for more than three decades. In recent years it has become quite severe. Shari takes daily asthma maintenance medicines, does nebulizer breathing treatments and works hard to avoid her biggest asthma triggers. She also uses her quick-relief inhaler about once or twice a week. In spite of these efforts, four to six times a year Shari is hospitalized for asthma.

2018 Asthma Capitals Report Identifies Nation’s “Asthma Belts”

About 25 million Americans have asthma. There is no cure. But you can manage it with a proper treatment plan and by avoiding triggers. But there might be one thing out of your control that can make managing asthma a challenge: where you live. Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2018 Asthma Capitals™ report. This report ranks the top 100 cities in the U.S. where it’s challenging to live with asthma.

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