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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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!
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...
AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Fasenra (benralizumab) for the add-on maintenance treatment of patients with severe asthma aged 12 years and older, and with an eosinophilic phenotype.
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...
QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol will become available by prescription on February 12, 2018. QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol will no longer be available to patients.
I like the awareness brought to people with SEA, and the checklist for doctors visits at the site! I have an eosinophil- related condition and asthma is one component of it (and the most difficult to deal with). My main trigger is pet dander (which I fervently avoid) but it is very hard when service dogs are allowed in the allergists office waiting room. I also take all the medications recommended, and still it is difficult. I am making progress though.
We are proud to announce that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s blog has again been named one of the best asthma blogs by Healthline in 2018! Healthline is a health site with information on many health topics.
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.” In fact, the third week of September is considered Asthma Peak Week. Many more people are hospitalized for asthma shortly after school starts than at any other time of the year. The number of asthma...
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.
For many, asthma is caused by an allergic reaction to something. This is called allergic asthma is the most common. But a small number of people with asthma have “non-allergic asthma.” Lynn Johnson is part of this group. Lynn developed non-allergic asthma seven years ago, as an adult.
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.
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.
Growing up, Jerica Gordon’s sister had asthma, but she does not remember her having any asthma attacks. “So when my son was having trouble breathing, I thought it was just congestion or something. There was no wheezing that I remember hearing,” she shared. In November 2016, Jerica took her son Jonathan Robinson, Jr., then age 5, to the emergency room.
The FDA has approved another biologic treatment, Dupixent, for the treatment of both moderate and severe asthma patients with eosinophilic phenotype
and oral corticosteroid-dependent asthma, regardless of phenotype.
On May 7, 2019, World Asthma Day, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its 2019 Asthma Capitals Report™. This report ranks the top 100 most challenging places in America to live with asthma.
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.
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.
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...
In November 2016, a surprising event occurred in Melbourne, Australia. During an outbreak of thunderstorms, thousands of people had sudden asthma attacks around the same time. The strange weather event overwhelmed emergency facilities and personnel. Nine people died from the event. The phenomenon is called thunderstorm asthma. Experts in Australia and Europe have been studying thunderstorm asthma for years. But we don’t hear much about it in the United States. Does that mean Americans won’t...
Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. It is also the top reason for missed school days. If your child has asthma, know what forms your school requires for managing medications and asthma episodes at school. You must send a new set of signed forms to their school each year.
[Press Release] Roe, Hoyer Introduce School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act Washington, May 2, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) introduced H.R. 2285, the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, legislation that encourages states to help ensure students with reversible lower airway disorders, such as asthma, have assistance at school with managing their chronic disease and can...
On behalf of all of us at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and those we serve, thank you. Your gifts in 2017 will have a far-reaching impact in the coming year. We are grateful to work with you to make a difference in the lives of the millions living with asthma and allergies. You make all of this possible.
By Megan Roberts, Community Engagement Program Manager at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America 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...
On Oct. 14, 2017, I began my travel across the world to compete at the 13th International Dragon Boat Federation’s Nations World Championships on Dianchi Lake in Kunming, China, after a long and unlikely journey to overcome asthma symptoms that nearly prevented me from competing at all.
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.
Air conditioners for people with asthma, healthy groceries, rides to medical appointments and home-delivered meals may be among the new benefits added to Medicare Advantage coverage when new federal rules take effect next ye
When Joey was 4 years old, his parents took him to see an allergist. He was having trouble breathing and having challenges with his digestive system. They learned that Joey has asthma triggered by environmental and food allergies.
I am very honored to have been chosen by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to be one of their featured interviews to help kick off National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Please join me and thousands of others to raise awareness for asthma and help educate those around us who don’t live with the disease. The more we all understand it and are mindful of the people around us with this invisible disability, the better off we all will be.
Nearly 25 million Americans have asthma. This includes more than 400 students at San Leandro High School in California. When Jan Othen, a health and physical education teacher, learned how many students at her school have asthma and she heard about several asthma-related deaths, she decided she had to do something to help raise awareness.
Reilly Price takes both high school and community college classes. She is working on a senior research project. She serves as captain of her cross-country team, and dances for a pre-professional ballet company. She participates in student government and other campus clubs. On top of all this, Reilly also found time to raise money to help support Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA).
Earlier this year, we asked you to tell us about your life with asthma in our My Life With Asthma online survey. Your responses gave us insight into your unique experiences with asthma.
Asthma is a chronic condition that can be different for each person. This means there is no “one size fits all” approach to managing asthma. Many people manage it well with the right treatment. But 5 to 10 percent have trouble even on maximum treatment. These people have severe asthma.
It’s obvious that asthma affects your health. But how does it impact other areas of your life? The results of our My Life With Asthma online survey showed us how severe asthma can affect relationships, emotions and activities.
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.
Severe ASTHMA (Asthma Symptoms, Treatment, Health Management and Activities™) Care for Adults is a FREE self-paced course that helps adults and their caregivers learn how to manage severe asthma. It explains severe and uncontrolled asthma, the impact of severe asthma, asthma management plans and severe asthma treatments.
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