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One Member Finds a Lifeline While Managing Severe Asthma

For Andrew, breathing is a daily, ongoing struggle. Andrew was first diagnosed with moderate asthma when he was 10 years old. His first trip to the emergency room due to an asthma attack would be the first of many all-too-familiar trips. Through high school, asthma didn’t just affect him physically, but emotionally and academically, too. In addition to working hard to keep up with classwork from missed days, he also had to face relentless bullying – so severe that he had to change schools to...

AAFA’s Certification Program Expands to Improve Air Quality and Reduce Your Exposure to Allergens

In 2017, the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program tested and certified many new products to give you more options. When you’re shopping, look for the Certification Program Mark on these new products, as well as our many other products. The mark lets you know you are getting products scientifically proven to be suitable for those with asthma and allergies. You can shop for Certified products by visiting aafa.org/certified or by using our app. Our app is available for both iOS...

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.

Understanding Asthma Research: Working With Your Health Care Providers

When you have asthma, you may have different health care providers who help you manage your asthma. These may include a primary care doctor, specialists and other experts who oversee parts of your treatment plan. Since proper asthma management is key, you need to understand each one’s focus and the role they play in your care. This is the first step toward building a partnership with your health care team for the best quality of life possible.

Patient Involvement in Asthma Research Creates New and Better Treatments

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) believes your voice is valuable part of asthma research. And we want to empower people with asthma, caregivers and health care providers to take an active role in research. Promoting Asthma Patient Engagement in Research (PAPER) is a new research project from AAFA and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Through this project, you can influence research that improves asthma understanding and treatment.

Without Funding, Millions of Children Could Lose Health Care Coverage From CHIP Program

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports a five-year re-authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) without offsetting cuts (pay-fors) to other programs that benefit children. CHIP is a bipartisan success story that should be celebrated. The program was created in 1997 and has been championed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle since its beginning.

Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

I have had exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (asthma) for as long as I can remember. I have also been very active most of my life. Until the end of 2016, one didn’t really affect the other. Pretreating with albuterol before exercise managed all my asthma symptoms. In recent years, as my exercise habits have increased, I haven’t even carried an inhaler at times. At the end of 2011, I found my way into a dragon boat, looking for a great full-body workout that was lower impact than running.

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