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Show Us How You #TackleAsthma for a Chance to Win a Signed Football

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Rashad Jennings, New York Giants running back, is pairing with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to motivate people with asthma to stay healthy in the face of this chronic illness. Share your photo to show what can be accomplished when you #TackleAsthma!
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Free Training for Patients with Asthma to Learn About Research (Chattanooga)

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation is holding a training session for patients, parents and/or caregivers of people with asthma to learn about research.
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Re: Free Training for Patients with Asthma to Learn About Research (Chattanooga)

K8sMom2002 ·
Oh, I wish I lived closer to TN ... this sounds really interesting!
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Share These Asthma and Allergy Awareness Images to Spread Awareness

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma affects over 6 million American children and nearly 18 million adults. Among children, asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalizations and one of the top causes of school absences. Adults miss more than 14 million days of work each year. But still, many don't understand what it is like to manage a chronic illness like asthma. Share awareness images and messages this month to help others understand. Find these images, and more, in our Shareable Awareness Images photo album. Use...
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Re: AAFA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Asthma and Allergy Research

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks, AAFA! Research is the key. One day I know that asthma folks will have much better treatment options than we do now.
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AAFA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Asthma and Allergy Research

AAFA Community Services ·
There is no cure for asthma or allergies, which is why research is so important. AAFA supports research that will lead to better care, more effective treatments and, one day, a cure. Since May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to spotlight health research and how it can help those with asthma and allergies. On Friday, May 13, AAFA is co-sponsoring a Congressional briefing , From Discovery to Delivery: Research at Work Against Allergies and Asthma . The briefing...
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Re: Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

K8sMom2002 ·
Cathy! You're an inspiration to us all!
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Re: Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

Cathy P. Stephens ·
Thank you very much. :-)
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Re: Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

Kathy P ·
I love your story! Such an inspiration! Makes me want to make more time for cycling...like I know I should!
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Re: Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

Katie D ·
Such a great and touching story, and how wonderful of the other participant to offer his medal to you. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
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Re: If You Have Asthma, Protect Yourself from Summer's Heat and Smog Buildup

K8sMom2002 ·
In addition to the heat, the humidity gets my lungs a-twitchin'. Or maybe it IS the ozone, and I just didn't have a name for it until now. I know the other night I stepped outside at nearly 11 p.m., and it was an extremely humid 78 degrees. My lungs felt as though they'd been yanked out and stomped on. Thank goodness for air conditioning! How did people endure before it was invented?
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If You Have Asthma, Protect Yourself from Summer's Heat and Smog Buildup

AAFA Community Services ·
Summer heat is here. For some people, that may mean a rise in asthma flare-ups. Dry, hot air may trigger asthma. However, other heat-related factors such as smog may also worsen your asthma.
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How to Apply for Social Security Benefits If You Have Severe Asthma

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My dad is one of the 24 million Americans who grew up with asthma. He is also allergic to pollen - which made working as a groundskeeper on a golf course pretty challenging. In May, he’d sometimes be unable to work for a full week at a time. My dad was able to manage his asthma and allergies (for the most part) with medication and a quick-relief asthma inhaler . He was never hospitalized due to an attack. Yet if his asthma was worse, he may have not been able to work at all. If you or a...
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Re: How to Apply for Social Security Benefits If You Have Severe Asthma

K8sMom2002 ·
All good info! If I might make another suggestion, as a former staffer for the U.S. House of Representatives: once you apply for benefits, it might be good to contact the district office of the Member of the U.S. House of Representatives that represents you ... usually each Member of Congress has constituent services staff members in offices in your congressional district who can help facilitate and follow up on your claim. If you don't know who represents you, use this Find Your...
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Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

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Cathy Stephens was born not breathing. And since that day 47 years ago, breathing has periodically been a struggle for her. She shares her inspirational story of overcoming asthma to finish an Ironman triathlon.
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Xolair Approved for Children with Asthma Triggered by Allergens

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There is a new drug available for children with uncontrolled asthma caused by airborne allergens. Xolair is already approved for people, ages 12 and older, with moderate to severe asthma. It belongs to a class of drugs called biologics. It is given in a doctor’s office by injection. The FDA recently approved it for children between ages 6 and 11 whose asthma is not controlled with other long-term medications . Approval makes Xolair the only biologic for children with uncontrolled allergic...
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Family Keeps Memory of 13-Year-Old Sports Star Alive Through Asthma Awareness Efforts

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Tiffany Phu loved sports and spent most of her time outdoors. So it was fitting that on a balmy May night, her older sister Michelle confidently threw out the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game. Michelle advocates for asthma awareness in memory of her sister Tiffany. “Tiffany enjoyed playing all types of sports,” notes Michelle. Tiffany died from asthma two years earlier, in May 2014, after running track at her Texas school. The eighth grader was just 13. The sudden and tragic loss...
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AAFA CEO to Bike Across Michigan for Asthma and Allergy Awareness

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AAFA President and CEO Dr. Cary Sennett and his wife Sara are about to bike through Michigan. They are partnering with AAFA’s Michigan Chapter, to raise awareness (and funds) to improve the lives of people with asthma in Michigan and across the country.
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

K8sMom2002 ·
This is so cool! I think it will give doctors a great window to see into the daily lives of folks managing asthma!
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Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

AAFA Community Services ·
A new over-the-counter device that works with your smartphone will warn you if your asthma is about to flare. The FDA recently approved the device, called Wing. Wing attaches to your smartphone and measures your lung function. Wing has a sensor that monitors your asthma zones. The pocket-sized device includes a mouthpiece. The Wing app collects and analyzes the data from the lung test.
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

Kathy P ·
Welcome Annmarie. Monitoring devices like this are exciting! Sorry to hear your son struggles so much. I hope you'll join us on the support forums - https://community.aafa.org/forum/asthma-support
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

Annmarie22 ·
I would love to have this for my son he suffers from severe asthma when we think we have it under control it flares up he has been hospitalized a lot for asthma it is so scary
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

K8sMom2002 ·
Lynnnowik, the device is not out yet -- the Wing website (click the blue letters to take you to their website) has some information about it and a place to sign up for news alerts. The blog says that they're hoping to release it in the fall. In the meantime, how can we help you with your asthma? I hope you'll join us on our Daily Roll Call "thread" on the forums -- it's a great way to get to know other folks who are managing asthma and get a little encouragement each day!
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

Lynnnowik ·
Where can I buy or get the wing for a low price? I have asthma real bad and I think this will help me.
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Re: What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma Medicines

Allison ·
New apps may also help you find lower priced medicines: http://www.modernhealthcare.co...0/MAGAZINE/307309981
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Does Your School Stock Medicine for Asthma Emergencies?

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Does your state allow schools to stock quick-relief medicines for asthma? Quick-relief medicines , such as albuterol, act fast to relax tight muscles around your airways. This allows the airways to open up so air can flow through them. Congress is considering a law to encourage states to permit these “ albuterol stocking ” school policies . The School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act builds upon a similar law that encourages states to require schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors.
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Re: Does Growing up on Amish Farms Protect Children Against Asthma?

GigiGibson ·
This was very interesting! I grew up on a farm in city limits with all kinds of animals and a smoker. I stayed sick as a kid. I wonder how much of it is genetic?
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Re: Does Growing up on Amish Farms Protect Children Against Asthma?

Kathy P ·
It is interesting....and the type of germs/bacteria in the dust seems to be the difference. And that seems to be a factor of how they run the farms and how things are sanitized.
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First Grader with Severe Asthma Runs Marathon One Step at a Time

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Luke Bilbo has severe asthma. But he also has a lot of determination. Enough determination to run a marathon. In Luke’s seven short years, he’s already been in the hospital more times than anyone can count. In kindergarten, he missed 54 days of school. When he did go to school, he had to wear a mask to protect him from germs and asthma triggers . He also had a spot on his lungs that only went away after a long treatment. The last thing his mother, Amanda Bilbo, thought he would do is run...
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How Can the ADA Help Me If I Have Asthma or Allergies?

AAFA Community Services ·
Does the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) apply to you if you have asthma or allergies? Yes, it can, in many situations at work and at school. The ADA is a federal civil rights law. And asthma and allergies are usually considered disabilities under the ADA. This law gives people with disabilities the right to ask for changes where policies, practices or conditions leave you out or put you at a disadvantage. Public companies and places must give people with disabilities full access to...
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Join AAFA, AAAAI for a #TackleAsthma Twitter Chat May 5 

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Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Thursday, May 5 at 1 pm ET for a #TackleAsthma Twitter chat. Follow @AAFANational and @AAAAI_org and use #TackleAsthma. Experts will answer your questions about exercising with asthma, staying fit and healthy with asthma and more!
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Infant Gut Bacteria Affects Allergy and Asthma Risk

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The microbial communities, or microbiota, that naturally colonize the digestive tract in very young infants can affect their risk of later developing childhood allergies and asthma.
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Do You Have an Asthma-Friendly Home?

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Following the steps in our checklist can go far to help everyone in your home manage asthma better.
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AAFA Wants to Hear from You About Asthma Concerns

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Your answers will help us gain a better understanding of asthma research and how it applies to your daily life. Your answers will also help us create a training program for people with asthma.
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Five Tips for Better Asthma and Allergy Health This Fall

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The Coalition for Medicare Choices and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America created this Pocket Companion to help improve respiratory health.
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Does Growing up on Amish Farms Protect Children Against Asthma?

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Can the house dust of a rural farming community hold clues to protecting people from developing asthma ? Researchers from several universities studied 60 children ages 7-14 from two similar, but slightly different, farming communities. Thirty were Amish children. Thirty were Hutterite. These groups are similar in that they share a common ancestry and have remained relatively isolated in their communities after immigration to the United States. They share other factors known to have...
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Study Shows How One Hospital Ensured Children Went Home with Asthma Medicine

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What health issue did the study examine? Families who leave a hospital with prescriptions for asthma medicine sometimes do not fill them. That can cause return trips to the emergency room for treatment. What do we know about this issue so far? Some families have trouble filling prescriptions after a hospital visit because of a lack of transportation, time or health insurance. Some hospitals have given patients medicine before they leave in an effort to reduce the number of return visits and...
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AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

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In our second post in our “AAFA Explains” series, we look at claims that salt treatment (also known as halotherapy) can improve your asthma. “Salt rooms” are popping up in the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and elsewhere. These rooms charge you a fee to enter, like a spa. Salt crystals coat the rooms and the air is salt-laden as an attempt to mimic naturally occurring salt caves.The history of natural salt caves as an asthma remedy is ancient.
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September Asthma Epidemic

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Does your asthma or your child’s asthma always seem to get worse in September? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, researchers have studied this issue. Here is what they found. September is a difficult time for those with asthma There is a September asthma hospitalization “epidemic.” Many more people are hospitalized for asthma shortly after school starts than at any other time of the year. The number of asthma hospitalizations peak first for school-age children, then preschool children, then...
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Re: September Asthma Epidemic

K8sMom2002 ·
Very good to know! I thought it was just our household that had a flare-up of asthma when school starts.
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Sneezing and Sniffling: How to Tell If It's Allergies or a Cold

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This time of year, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between allergies and a common cold. Both allergies and cold viruses tend to become widespread at certain times of the year, which is why you may mistake a cold for seasonal allergies. Allergies and viral infections can cause rhinitis . The word rhinitis means “inflammation of the nose.” The nose produces fluid called mucus. This fluid is normally thin and clear. It helps to keep dust, debris and allergens out of the lungs.
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