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Study Finds Factors that Influence Asthma Severity in Inner-City Children

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to bring you the latest research news quickly. NIAID-Sponsored Study Finds Factors that Influence Asthma Severity in Inner-City Children Results Shed Light on Complexities of Asthma in Children [PRESS RELEASE] October 5, 2016 - In a novel study of 717 children between ages 6 and 17, researchers have identified major factors associated with asthma severity...
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AAFA Explains: Will Coffee or Caffeinated Drinks Help My Asthma?

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This post discusses claims that caffeine can be used to treat asthma symptoms. It is part of our “ AAFA Explains ” series looking at complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) aimed at asthma and allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) wants to guide you as you decide between choices that may be “likely safe” or “potentially unsafe.” What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. There is no cure...
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Re: AAFA Explains: Will Coffee or Caffeinated Drinks Help My Asthma?

K8sMom2002 ·
I had not heard this about not drinking caffeine-containing beverages before a lung function test. Good to know!
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Will Your Asthma and Allergy Drugs Still Be on Your Insurance Plan in 2017?

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Two prescription benefit managers are dropping certain asthma and allergy drugs from their formularies in 2017. If you take these medicines and have your prescriptions covered by CVS Caremark or Express Scripts, other medicines will be substituted instead.
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Children Who Do Not Have Access to Fresh Fruits and Veggies Have Higher Rates of Asthma

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Living in a food desert – an urban area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food – means you’re at increased risk to have asthma. Children who were studied who did not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables had higher rates of asthma than children who did have access.
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Teens With Asthma Almost Twice As Likely to Smoke

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A study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found adolescents with asthma were twice as likely to smoke as kids without asthma. And they continue to smoke well into their teen years, even though they know smoking is particularly bad for their lungs.
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Re: Teens With Asthma Almost Twice As Likely to Smoke

uniquelyme2016 ·
After reading Teens With Asthma Almost Twice As Likely to Smoke I felt awful to know that as a teen I tried a cigarette and was deathly asthmatic! Why? To belong, to conform. Thank God I choked and almost coughed up a lung! I think it is so important to teach young ones how to stand up to peer pressure. That's the piece I was missing that could have helped me in that regard. I watched a classmate smoke and end up in the hospital each and every time with an asthma attack. She was already...
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Re: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

uniquelyme2016 ·
Drink plenty of fluids..water water water and I highly recommend Emergenc
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Re: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

uniquelyme2016 ·
I like this question because I was not strong in this area for years. Water is so important but every time I drank it I was reminded of my childhood and how it was used to induce vomiting to bring up unpleasant fluids. Thus I detested water- Ok truth be told I hated it! It's not until I got married and watched my husband and step-son consume water like they were in a desert. They noticed the reverse with me and said that's not good--you need to flush your kidneys So I started a journey and I...
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Re: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

K8sMom2002 ·
UniquelyMe, I really need to drink more water. I drink a lot of tea, but I'm not so good about water. How'd you first get in the habit of increasing your water intake?
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Kathy P ·
Hugs uniquelyme I'm glad you were able to get past that and be able to drink a healthy amount of water.
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A Family Gives Meaning to a Life Lost to Asthma

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Michelle lost her sister, Tiffany, when she died from asthma in 2014. Tragically, Tiffany had suffered her first-ever exercise-induced asthma attack. After the devastating loss of her sister, Michelle and her family wanted to make sure that no other family had to lose a loved one like their family did. Michelle and her family now raise awareness about asthma and support AAFA because of AAFA’s mission to improve the lives of people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy...
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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program App Is Here!

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If you manage asthma or allergies, you strive to make your home the healthiest it can be. That's why the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program has launched the Certification Program App. This free app is the first of its kind, and will help you make smart, informed choices on the best products for your family.
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AAFA Names 15 States to 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools

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The 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR) report identifies states that make it a priority to create healthy school settings for students with asthma and allergies. This annual report lists states with comprehensive laws and policies aimed at keeping children with asthma and allergies healthy at school.
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What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

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The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. It can also cause death in severe cases. The flu can affect your lungs when you have asthma. Having asthma puts you at risk of serious health problems from the flu. Take our survey.
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What You Need to Know About Asthma During Pregnancy

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Asthma is one of the most common medical problems that occurs during pregnancy. It can potentially be serious. Some studies have suggested that asthma complicates up to 7% of all pregnancies. About 30% of all women with asthma report their asthma worsened while pregnant. But with the right treatment and care, you and your baby can have a good outcome. Visit Living With Asthma: Asthma During Pregnancy to find out more about: asthma complications during pregnancy changes in asthma severity the...
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Re: AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

Lisa Weinstock ·
I've been going to pulmonologists, ENTs ,Allergists , holistic options , over and over again for 3o years. Asthma just got worse. Chronic cough. Even went to Cleveland Clinic Cough Clinic. Cough would never stop. Tried all drugs prescribed. Did test for gerd twice. DiD Everything and was compliant. Been going to salt suite near me for past 3 weeks- hour and half day and I HEAR the silence of not coughing ALL the time and lungs feel not as tight. No other changes so I'm sticking to it.
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Re: AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

K8sMom2002 ·
Lisa, I'm glad your cough is better -- are you working with a pulmonologist or allergist now? What other medications besides Advair are you on? Feel free to start a new topic on our AAFA asthma support community so you can share your story and journey with us, or join in with a topic like dealing with irritants Recently diagnosed and trying to figure out treatment Explaining adult onset asthma to friends and family
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AAFA St. Louis’ RESCUE® Program Keeps Kids with Asthma in Class

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What happens when a child has an asthma attack while at school? If they’re lucky, they have asthma rescue medication at school that they can use. Unfortunately, many students do not. For these unlucky students, an asthma attack often means making a trip to the hospital or going home. Why don’t all students who need it have this medication at school? Sometimes they do not have a prescription for it. Other times the problem is money: their parents cannot afford to buy the medicine. Getting a...
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Student Raises Asthma Awareness Through Senior Project About AAFA

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Chelsea Johnson was diagnosed with asthma in the fifth grade. So when the senior at Plain Dealing High School in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, started to work on her senior project, she knew she wanted to help an asthma organization. For her project, Chelsea decided to raise money for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). She also had to write an eight-page paper. With the help of her English teacher, Kimberly Shelton, Chelsea searched for asthma organizations online. AAFA’s...
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Re: AAFA St. Louis’ RESCUE® Program Keeps Kids with Asthma in Class

K8sMom2002 ·
While Georgia didn't make the honor roll list, I was pleased to see that many of the items on the check list were things that my DD's school already does.
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AAFA, Med-IQ Introduce Managing Your Child’s Asthma: Ask the Experts

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Nearly 10% of children in the U.S. have asthma.¹ About 60% of these children had an asthma attack in the last year, one-half of whom needed emergency care.² Is your child one of them? How can you help get their asthma under control? AAFA is teaming up with Med-IQ, a company that provides continuing medical education to doctors. Together, we’re bringing families an audio-enhanced educational website called Managing Your Child’s Asthma: Ask the Experts . The website offers information about...
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FDA Approves Symbicort to Treat Asthma In Children Ages 6-12

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AstraZeneca announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SYMBICORT® (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) Inhalation Aerosol 80/4.5 micrograms for the treatment of asthma in pediatric patients aged six up to 12 years.
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FDA Approves Two New Asthma Inhalers

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[Press Release] Teva Announces FDA Approval of Two New RespiClick® Maintenance Inhalers for the Treatment of Asthma Approvals Expand Portfolio of Respiratory Medicines Delivered in RespiClick® Inhaler Designed to Eliminate the Need for Hand-Breath Coordination During Inhalation JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two products for adolescent and adult patients with asthma.
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Brace Yourselves, Spring Is Coming

AAFA Community Services ·
You may still see snow where you live, but don't be fooled: spring is just around the corner. If you have a pollen allergy , get ready now and start your treatment plan. Start taking allergy medicine before pollen season begins. Most allergy medicines work best when taken this way. This allows the medicine to prevent your body from releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause your symptoms. Tree pollen already elevated in Southern U.S. Map will spread northward in coming weeks. Start...
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Re: Preparing for Natural Disasters When You Have Asthma

Darlene N ·
A note for those with pets, if you are forced to evacuate: Take them with you - you may not have a chance to get back Take their rabies certificate and other medical records, microchip records Have a picture in case you get separated Have an extra leash and collar Pet-friendly shelters may not have (enough) cages, so bring one if you can
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Kathy P ·
Great tips Darlene. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Preparing for Natural Disasters When You Have Asthma

Darlene N ·
Hi all - Thanks for the compliments. I have not had to evacuate, thank goodness! I have a friend in Florida who had to evacuate recently. As soon as she knew a potential evacuation was coming found a hotel in a safe area that would accept her animals and always has emergency kits packed for her, her mom and her animals. I find that more and more emergency shelters are accepting pets, at least in the Northeast. Many states have disaster response teams specifically devoted to animals who...
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Jen ·
Hi Darlene, Welcome to AAFA. Thanks for sharing that information. Have you found that there are many pet-friendly shelters?
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Re: Preparing for Natural Disasters When You Have Asthma

K8sMom2002 ·
Darlene, sounds like you've really thought things through. Have you ever been in an evacuation situation? What other tips can you share with us?
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Re: Preparing for Natural Disasters When You Have Asthma

LyndaM ·
Thank you for sharing, Darlene!
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Add Your Voice to Asthma Research

AAFA Community Services ·
We know that everyone’s asthma is different and we would like to hear about your unique experiences about living with asthma. This research will give us insight on issues affecting quality of life and treatments for asthma. It will also help us raise awareness about living with asthma and improve our education materials. The My Life With Asthma online survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. Your identity and responses will be anonymous. After you take the survey, you can enter your...
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Black Children Six Times More Likely to Die of Asthma

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There is no cure for asthma, but with the proper diagnosis, medication and an asthma management plan, symptoms can be controlled. When not properly controlled asthma can be deadly. A study being presented at the 2017 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting called “Where Do Children with Asthma Die? A National Perspective from 2003 to 2014” seeks to address where and which demographics of children are dying because of asthma in the United States.
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Join Us for Patient Centered Outcome Research Trainings for Asthma Research

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is training people affected by asthma to learn about research. If you have asthma, or are the parent or caregiver of someone with asthma, learn about the different types of research and how research can help people make future health care decisions. In this interactive training, participants will learn about: asthma management clinical research and the clinical research process patient centered outcomes research how to become involved in research...
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Are You at Risk for Pneumococcal Disease?

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Take our survey and tell us what you know about pneumococcal disease: Download our handout: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid Pneumococcal Disease
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Re: Are You at Risk for Pneumococcal Disease?

Pam s ·
Anyone on the cinqair IV infusion?
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K8sMom2002 ·
Pam S, welcome ... and I see you've made it to our community forums -- that's great!
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AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?

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Essential oils, like herbal remedies, come from plants. Practitioners of traditional and folk medicine (usually meaning those without a medical degree) have used essential oils for thousands of years, much like herbal remedies. Is there any evidence to back up claims that essential oils can help my asthma?
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Re: AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?

jjtre ·
WWe are most grateful for this article! My lungs do not know the difference between "essential"oils and other fragrances AKA chemicals. Please consider using the standard that NO smell is the good smell...we need to breathe unadulterated air! Rid our environment from chemical odors found in personal products, detergents/fabric softener, plug-ins, household cleaners and the like. Additionally, our children will benefit from a clean air environment!
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Can Insulation Affect Your Asthma and Allergies?

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This content is sponsored While insulation may not be the first thing on your mind when making your home healthy for your family, it can make a huge impact for people with allergies. One of the biggest indoor allergens is mold , which can affect people year round if it is found inside of the home. When choosing an insulation, it is important to find one that is mold and mildew-resistant. Many products claim to be better for people with asthma and allergies, so it’s sometimes hard to know if...
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Re: AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?

Kathy P ·
Welcome jjtre - many with asthma find that slot of scented products are irritants . Hope you will join us on the support forums.
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Re: AAFA Explains: Can Essential Oils Help Asthma?

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, JJTRE and welcome! I'm like you -- essential oils and scents can really trigger my asthma. We have a conversation going about how to deal with irritants that you might want to join in.
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Re: Will Your Asthma and Allergy Drugs Still Be on Your Insurance Plan in 2017?

Jen ·
Hi donnamarie, Welcome to AAFA's asthma support community. It is very frustrating that your insurance isn't covering the medication that works for you. AAFA has a blog with some tips for what you can do if you can't afford your asthma medicine . I also invite you to join our asthma support forum where you can get ideas and support from other dealing with asthma.
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Re: Will Your Asthma and Allergy Drugs Still Be on Your Insurance Plan in 2017?

donnamarie ·
I have been on Ventolin for 7 years due to smoke inhalation scaring my lungs. I am pron to bronchitis and this is what my doctor has put me on. This year we have been denied 3 times from CVS stating FDA ruling. We have tried proair and proventin and they do not produce the results the doctor wants. I will not pay for something that does not work just because the insurance company says so. I can not afford $50 for one inhaler when I was getting 3 every 4 months for $35. I will go with out and...
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