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Protect Yourself from Allergens and Asthma Triggers During Hurricane Recovery

AAFA Community Services ·
Even though hurricane season is coming to a close, the people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are still actively cleaning up and rebuilding. If you are in the affected areas and have asthma and allergies, be extra careful during this time. There are many things to consider as you remove debris, clean up flood damage and make repairs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers tips on managing your asthma before, during and after a hurricane or tropical storm . This...
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Protect Yourself From Dust Mites With Asthma and Allergy Friendly Pillows and Pillow Covers

AAFA Community Services ·
When you lay your head on your pillow at night, all you want to think about is comfort – not millions of dust mites. And if you have a dust mite allergy, having all those microscopic insects near your head can make you uncomfortable by triggering allergy and asthma symptoms. You can create a healthier sleeping environment by using pillows that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. Or you can cover your existing pillow in a CERTIFIED pillow cover.
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Rolling Back Clean Car Standards Will Make Asthma Worse – Tell the NHTSA and EPA Why

AAFA Community Services ·
Our current clean car standards have gone a long way to improve our air quality. But pollution and ozone levels are still an issue, contributing to climate change, asthma symptoms and overall asthma rates. Studies are showing more and more how bad air pollution affects our health . More improvements are needed. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) want to roll back these clean car standards through The Safer Affordable...
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School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act Introduced to House

AAFA Community Services ·
[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...
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Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Has the increase in pets on planes made travel difficult for you or family members with asthma or allergies? Have you had to change travel plans or leave a plane because of animals on your flight? Have you had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction on a flight because of sharing a cabin with animals? If so, we encourage you to share your story with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). They are asking for public comments on pets on planes.
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Survey Results: Are You at Risk for Pneumococcal Disease?

AAFA Community Services ·
Recently, we asked you to tell us what you know about pneumococcal [noo-muh-kok-uhl] disease. The results are in. Even though about 50,000 people die each year from pneumococcal disease, only 50 percent of survey respondents know what it is. Only 29 percent know if they have gotten the vaccine.
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10 Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Ten Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal (August 22, 2018) - WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, the Allergy & Asthma Network, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy...
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Teva Announces FDA Approval of ProAir® Digihaler™

AAFA Community Services ·
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ProAir ® Digihaler™ (albuterol sulfate 117 mcg) inhalation powder, the first and only digital inhaler with built-in sensors which connects to a companion mobile application and provides inhaler use information to people with asthma and COPD. Learn more.
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Teva Launches AirDuo™ RespiClick® and its Authorized Generic

AAFA Community Services ·
[Press Release] Teva Launches AirDuo™ RespiClick® and its Authorized Generic, Two Inhalers Containing Fluticasone Propionate and Salmeterol First and Only Generic Fluticasone Propionate and Salmeterol (ICS/LABA) Inhaler Available in the U.S. JERUSALEM, April 20, 2017 – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced the simultaneous launch of AirDuo™ RespiClick® (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) inhalation powder and its authorized generic for the treatment...
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The Flu Is Serious Business

AAFA Community Services ·
Have you ever heard, “It’s just the flu”? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It’s more than “just” a minor illness, especially if you have asthma.
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Three Bills Could Have a Big Impact on People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . During this month, our community seeks to raise greater awareness with family, friends, coworkers and others about what it is like to live with asthma and allergies. It’s also a good time to engage with your elected officials in Congress about several pieces of legislation that improve access to asthma and allergy treatments and medicines, and protect the rights of our patient community. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)...
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Understanding Asthma Research: Informed Consent

AAFA Community Services ·
Some people are hesitant to participate in research. This may be because of fear of the unknown or from past stories. But today, patients have rights to protect them during research studies. Before you join a study, you will asked to sign an informed consent document.
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What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

AAFA Community Services ·
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 Will You Do to Help Protect People With Asthma From the Flu?

AAFA Community Services ·
The team at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently got our flu shots. Have you gotten yours?
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What You Need to Know About Insect Repellents If You Have Eczema and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), not the FDA, regulates most insect repellents applied on the skin? Some insect repellents claim to be "natural." These may contain food-related ingredients, like soybean oil or lemon.
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Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Dry and/or cold air is a trigger for airway narrowing (bronchoconstriction) and can be a weather-related asthma trigger. When you breathe in cold, dry air through your mouth, the air doesn't get warmed by your nose first. The cold air goes to your lungs and airways. This can trigger an asthma attack. Try these tips to avoid having cold air trigger your asthma.
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You’re Invited: Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion on “Asthma Alley”

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), American Lung Association, Allergy & Asthma Network and GroundTruth Films for a virtual film screening of “Asthma Alley,” a short documentary that follows a young teen with asthma and her classmates in the South Bronx, a neighborhood known for extraordinarily high rates of asthma.
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Your Asthma and Allergy Checklist for February

AAFA Community Services ·
January flew by and February is already here! It's time to put some of these asthma and allergy tasks on your to-do list for this month.
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Your Asthma and Allergy Checklist for January

AAFA Community Services ·
Are you making a to-do list for the new year? Add some of these asthma and allergy tasks to your to-do list.
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Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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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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Infant Gut Bacteria Affects Allergy and Asthma Risk

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Is Your Home Making You Sick? Why a Healthier Indoor Environment Is Important

AAFA Community Services ·
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month . Since your indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, this month is a good time to make sure you are taking the right steps to create healthier air in your home. Your home should be a haven for you and your family. But unfortunately, it may be filled with allergy and asthma triggers that can impact your health. Common allergens found in homes include animal dander , dust mites , pests , pollen and mold . Common irritants found in homes...
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Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay with Spring Cleaning Tips

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Losing Laura: Each Day 10 Too Many People Die From Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
In this essay, you’ll hear from Peter DeMarco of Boston, Massachusetts, who lost his wife, Laura Levis, to asthma. Boston ranks #8 on our 2019 Asthma Capitals report. It has such a high ranking because of a high number of people with asthma and asthma-related deaths.
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Millions Could Lose Health Care Under AHCA

AAFA Community Services ·
Our government is voting on replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If the AHCA passes as it is written now, millions of Americans could lose access to health care. Learn how to take action.
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Mom Empowers Son to Manage His Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Since he was a baby, Devin Bush of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has dealt with asthma, food allergies, eczema and pollen allergies. Through the years with the help of his mom, Tracy Bush, he has had to learn how to transition from reliance to self-management.
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Mylan Launches Authorized Generic for EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector

AAFA Community Services ·
[Press Release] Mylan Launches the First Generic for EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector as an Authorized Generic Authorized Generic Offered at More Than 50% Below Wholesale Acquisition Cost of EpiPen Auto-Injector HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16, 2016 / PRNewswire / -- Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced the launch of the authorized generic for EpiPen ® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector at a wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of $300 per...
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New York City Passes Bill to Protect Renters With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
On Jan. 19, 2018, the New York City Council passed the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B). This is a big step toward creating asthma-friendly rental housing that can improve the lives of many in New York.
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NYC Taking Steps to Promote Healthy Housing

AAFA Community Services ·
The New York City Council is considering the Asthma-Free Housing Act of 2015 We know the environment can play a strong role in our health. But for patients with chronic conditions like asthma, a healthy indoor setting is critical. Indoor health hazards can all be asthma triggers . These hazards include mold, dust and pests (cockroaches, dust mites). Healthy indoor settings are a vital part of managing and controlling asthma. In large urban cities, older buildings and housing issues can often...
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

Venkata Aspari ·
"Have family members without asthma get the flu shot to protect those that do have asthma". Why? Isn't it enough that the person(s) with asthma get the flu shots?
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Re: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid the Flu

K8sMom2002 ·
Yes, Jen's exactly right. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control says this about who should get the flu shot: My DH isn't a fan of shots, but he gets his shot every year to help protect me and our daughter -- side benefit is that he hasn't gotten the flu himself since he started getting an annual flu shot. Could you talk to your doctor about what your doctor's recommendation is for flu shots when it comes to your particular family? Your doctor will know your situation best.
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Re: EPA Works to Reduce Air Pollution in 32 States by Improving Older School Buses

Ivonne ·
Very interesting information and also very good news.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Megan Roberts ·
What an incredible way to honor your beautiful son's life. Meredith, I am so inspired by your courage and strength to use this tragedy to bring awareness to others. You are one amazing mom. Thank you for sharing Austin's story, and yours. Blessings to your family as you work to protect the lives of other children with asthma in his honor.
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Re: CERTIFIED Dusting Cloth Offers Better Control of Indoor Allergens in the Home

Star ·
Remember “Borax”? Grandma loved it, & it’s still around (check grocer, or local hardware.) A quarter cup per load, kills mites in laundry! It is an excellent cleaner & polisher of nearly everything, read the box. I use a teaspoon in bottom of dishwasher loads to rinse more thoroughly. Remember to use as little soap as possible, to protect our water supply. Usually a quarter to half what is called for, is plenty of soap to get the job done. Try using less toothpaste too, about 1/4 of...
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

LAC ·
My heart also goes out to all the people who can't fly and go into public buildings; the child forced to deplane while adults cheered and jeered at him; the people dragged off planes or forced off planes because dogs are being put before people with asthma, allergies, autism, dog phobias and OCD. We need the federal service dog law to be tighter, with state registries, to not only protect people with legitimate service dogs, such as blind people, but to end this trend of everyone thinking...
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Shea ·
I agree masks just do not work to stop dander allergy. Mine is skin as well-- I break out in hives, eyes itching, and those reactions cause eosinophils (inflammatory blood cells produced in response to allergen exposure) which cause my entire allergic disease to flare up and causes vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation) and can damage organs (eosinophils surrounded my heart and caused a heart attack at age 28). My disease is one of many allergic diseases involving eosinophils and allergy,...
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Re: AAFA Applauds DOT Warning About Denial of Preboarding to Family With Food Allergies

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, Dawn! You are certainly not alone, and AAFA realizes the struggle that you and so many, many members of our community have experienced. Currently, AAFA's advocacy team is pursuing a meeting with Airlines for America (the Airlines’ trade association) and the Department of Transportation to discuss the issue of pets on planes. AAFA also supports a bill in the US Senate, Air Carrier Access Amendments Act of 2019 (S.669), that is meant to protect the rights of passengers with disabilities in...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

Ann Barbiero ·
Since when do pets take precedence over the health of humans? This is discrimination and is illegal. The Americans with Disabilities Act needs to be revised to address this discriminatory situation. Persons advocating for persons with asthma &/or allergies should call and/or write to: Civil Rights Division of US Dept of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530 USA, phone: 1-202-514-4609 and give them your story/case (asthma and/or allergy situation). Important to stress...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

805Native ·
I contacted Amtrak through their website with an electronic message option in October 2018. I received no reply when I inquired about how they are accommodating passengers with dog/cat allergies and allergy induced asthma. It appears that the travel industry as a whole is putting profits before public health and safety. Also, I don't understand why the travel industry is not subject to make accommodations for a breathing disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. I had an allergic...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
I haven't been able to fly since 2011. I contacted the ACLU and they declined to take on the issue of pets being allowed on planes and trains without even the ADA standards in place to protect those of us with dander-sensitive asthma and allergies. It is very unjust how profits are being put before life and death health issues.
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
Unfortunately, the American Civil Liberties Union will not intervene in this matter with public transportation. The number you provided is a great course of action as is local state action.
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Re: Payton #TacklesAsthma

Jimbb ·
Payton is a champ. It is remarkable what our children teach us about resilience. We try so hard to protect them from harm, then something like this comes along that we are helpless to stop and our kid's inner strength shines. Payton's mom, you must be proud!
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Re: Eczema, Handwashing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Kathy P ·
Hi TexasBreakfastTacos - that looks miserable It sounds like you have tried your usual arsenal of treatments to try to treat and protect your hands. Do you use a "soak and seal" wet wrap on your hands?
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Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
U.S. systems have historically failed Black Americans and other marginalized groups. AAFA's goal is to dramatically reduce the burden of asthma and allergies for underserved groups within five years.
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What do you do to protect yourself and others from the flu?

AAFA Community Services ·
Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. What do you do to protect yourself and others from the flu?
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Air Quality Flags and Apps Help Protect People with Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
The first week of May is 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. The EPA calculates the Air Quality Index (AQI) based on five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone particle pollution (also known as particulate matter) carbon monoxide sulfur dioxide nitrogen dioxide For people who have...
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Advocacy Update: Funding for Asthma Programs and Food Allergy Research, Protections for Students, and Action on Sesame Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
Great Strides in July 2020 for People With Asthma and Allergies AAFA has made great strides this month in advocating for policies that protect people with asthma and allergies. The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468) and the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act (H.R. 2117) . These have been top priority issues for our organization and we're excited for this progress! UPDATE...
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