Asthma and Allergy News and Research

EPA Works to Reduce Air Pollution in 32 States by Improving Older School Buses

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $8.7 million to replace or retrofit 452 older diesel school buses. The funds are going to 141 school bus fleets in 32 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.

FDA Warns of Fraudulent and Unapproved Flu Products

As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency is reminding consumers to be wary of unapproved products claiming to prevent, treat or cure influenza, or flu. This year’s severe flu season raises new concerns about the potential for consumers to be lured into buying unproven flu treatments, and even worse, buying counterfeit antivirals online from websites that appear to be legitimate online pharmacies.

AAFA Study Shows A Higher Burden of Disease for Patients with Adult- and Late Childhood-onset Atopic Dermatitis vs Patients with Early Childhood-onset Atopic Dermatitis

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Study Shows A Higher Burden of Disease for Patients with Adult- and Late Childhood-onset Atopic Dermatitis vs Patients with Early Childhood-onset Atopic Dermatitis WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2018) - The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today announced data demonstrating a higher burden of disease for patients with adult- and late childhood-onset atopic dermatitis (AD) vs patients with early childhood-onset AD. These results are from the...

Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is now available to patients by prescription! It is the first and only breath-actuated inhaled corticosteroid for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients ages 4 and older. QVAR® RediHaler™ is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler.

AAFA Issues Parental Guidance Warning About New Peter Rabbit Film

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions parents raising children with food allergies that some scenes in the newly-released “Peter Rabbit” film may be disturbing for young viewers with food allergies. In the film, a character with a known food allergy to blackberries is attacked with them. This leads to a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis and the need to use a lifesaving injection of the drug epinephrine.

FDA Approves Removal of Asthma-Related Death Box Warnings From Certain Asthma Medicines

FDA's most prominent warning, the Boxed Warning, about asthma-related death has been removed from the drug labels of medicines that contain both an ICS and LABA. A FDA review of four large clinical safety trials shows that treating asthma with long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) in combination with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) does not result in significantly more serious asthma-related side effects than treatment with ICS alone.

Omalizumab Makes Oral Immunotherapy Treatments More Effective

Combining a 16-week initial course of the medication omalizumab with oral immunotherapy (OIT) greatly improves the efficacy of OIT for children with allergies to multiple foods, new clinical trial findings show. After 36 weeks, more than 80 percent of children who received omalizumab and OIT could safely consume two-gram portions of at least two foods to which they were allergic, compared with only a third of children who received placebo and OIT.

Major Tobacco Companies Are Finally Telling the Truth About Tobacco

More than 10 years ago, U.S. tobacco companies were ordered to run ads about the bad effects of tobacco products. On Nov. 26, 2017, the court-ordered ads began. Tobacco smoke can cause a lot of damage to your health, even if you aren’t the one smoking. In 2006, a court found several major tobacco companies guilty of misleading the public about the dangers of tobacco products. The companies are finally running ads in major newspapers and on TV stations. These ads have to include specific...

Understanding Asthma Research: Get Involved

Asthma research methods have been changing during the past several years. Research is more effective when researchers and patients work together to better understand asthma and find new treatments. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we feel your voice is valuable in asthma research. We support efforts to help you be an active part of the future of asthma management and treatments.