Tagged With "asthma-friendly"

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World Asthma Day

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AAFA Brings Perspective of Asthma, Allergy Patients to FDA

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What is it like to have food allergies, asthma, or nasal allergies? What do patients need and want from their treatments? How can we improve allergy care? The chief executive officer of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America spoke about these issues at a recent FDA advisory committee meeting. Dr. Cary Sennett spoke to the Allergenic Products Committee about the everyday challenges of life with food allergies, asthma and other allergies. Dr. Sennett attended the meeting to represent...
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AAFA Urges Inclusion of Patient Voice in Analysis of Costly New Asthma Drugs

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Biologics are a new class of drugs that fight disease at the source . Instead of attacking symptoms, these drugs target diseases like asthma at a molecular level. These newer types of drugs are more expensive than older medicines. That is prompting public discussion on how to pay for them. The cost of caring for patients with the most severe forms of asthma represents a majority of asthma healthcare spending. In addition, asthma is a leading cause of missed time from work and school. Last...
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An Important Voice for People with Asthma and Allergies

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Patients should have access to new, life-saving and life-enhancing treatments for asthma and allergies. We are proud to announce: AAFA’s CEO, Dr. Cary Sennett, will be advocating on your behalf to state insurance commissioners. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is the professional association for the regulators within each U.S. state and territory who establish and monitor the standards for healthcare insurance programs. They chose Dr. Sennett to represent the...
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Asthma and Allergy Friendly Holiday Gifts for 2015

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Look for this mark on a package, so you know that product is scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.
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FDA Approves Cinqair to Treat Severe Asthma

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FDA News Release FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma For Immediate Release March 23, 2016 Inquiries Media Andrea Fischer 301-796-0393 Consumers 888-INFO-FDA Release The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Cinqair (reslizumab) for use with other asthma medicines for the maintenance treatment of severe asthma in patients aged 18 years and older. Cinqair is approved for patients who have a history of severe asthma attacks (exacerbations) despite receiving their current...
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Football Star Partners with Asthma Foundation to Help Kids Tackle Asthma

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants today announced the launch of their #TackleAsthma campaign to educate and inspire children with asthma. As part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month this May, AAFA and Jennings are working to help families understand and manage the daily challenges of living with asthma.
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How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

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How are children with asthma affected by poor air quality? The first week of May marks Air Quality Awareness Week . The EPA measures air quality to tell us how clean or polluted the air is. This has special significance for people with asthma. Air pollution is a trigger for some people with asthma. Through custom alerts, you can track air quality to plan outdoor activities, such as outdoor recess. That’s how one New Jersey mom realized her son with asthma was running into breathing...
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Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay with Spring Cleaning Tips

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By Danielle Hegedus The thought of spring cleaning is sometimes met with mixed responses. Some people dread it. Others find the intensive cleaning cathartic. However, spring cleaning is especially important if you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies. Cleaning can cut the amount of allergens in the air and the potential for dangerous flare-ups. But dust and fumes kicked up during spring cleaning may irritate your asthma and allergies. This makes it essential to take...
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Now Recruiting: Study Examining Indoor Air Quality & Asthma Triggers in Maryland Children

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The National Center for Healthy Housing is looking for Maryland families with children suffering from asthma to join an important study about indoor air quality. The study looks at whether improving indoor air quality at home can: reduce asthma symptoms reduce asthma attacks improve quality of life for children and their parents This is the first study in the U.S. to examine middle class families in single-family homes. Certain families will receive extensive home improvements—at no...
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Omalizumab Could Help Children with Asthma Fight Colds

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New research shows omalizumab to be a promising treatment or prevention option for virus-induced asthma exacerbations, an important public health issue that affects every child with asthma.
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On Access Health, AAFA Shares About Avoiding Asthma Triggers

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing tips about asthma and allergies on cable television! Watch our first tip April 13 on Access Health airing on Lifetime Television®. We'll share dangers that can trigger an asthma attack . The show airs at 7:30 am ET/PT. This tip will be rebroadcast on April 20. Stay tuned for other tip topics, dates and previews! See the first preview here or watch the video below:
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Poverty Widens Gap in Care for Asthma and Allergies

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Press Release Contact: Melissa Graham mgraham@aaaai.org (414) 272-6071 Onsite Press Room (March 4-7): (213) 743-6242 POVERTY WIDENS GAP IN CARE FOR ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES Researchers Examine Socioeconomic Disparities at AAAAI Annual Meeting Los Angeles, CA – Socioeconomic disparities are a cause for concern in patients with asthma and allergies, according to several studies presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting. “We found that patients who have asthma and come from lower income households –...
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Tech Is a Good Prescription for People with Asthma and Allergies

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AAFA's new web platforms are designed with a fresh, clean and user-friendly design.
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Texas Schools Suspend Students After Saving Classmates from Asthma Attacks

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Usually, we reward Good Samaritans coming to the aid of another human being who is sick - not punish them.
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What Causes Asthma in Infants and Toddlers?

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We still do not know what causes some people to get asthma. If a child has a family history of asthma or allergies, a specific allergy or had a mother who smoked during pregnancy, they have a higher chance of getting asthma early in life. A respiratory virus, an illness that occurs in the lungs, is one of the most common causes of asthma symptoms in children 5 years old and younger. Although both adults and children experience respiratory infections, children have more of them. Some...
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Your Gift Helps Kids Like Alex and Daniel

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For Melissa, asthma and allergies have become a struggle that her family faces every day. Her older son, Daniel, was diagnosed with severe asthma and 72 environmental allergies at an early age.
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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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Share These Asthma and Allergy Awareness Images to Spread Awareness

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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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World No Tobacco Day

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AAFA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Asthma and Allergy Research

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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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If You Have Asthma, Protect Yourself from Summer's Heat and Smog Buildup

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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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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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Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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