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18 Senators Sign Gillibrand-Sheehan “Dear Colleague” Letter Supporting the National Asthma Control Program!

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Thanks to your efforts, 18 senators signed onto a “Dear Colleague” letter requesting support for a $30-million appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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2016 Spring Allergy Capitals Report Ranks The Most Challenging Cities Nationwide For Allergies

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Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a leading patient advocacy organization in the United States representing nearly 61 million Americans who experience asthma or allergies, released its annual Spring Allergy Capitals™ report. The report identifies the 100 most challenging places to live with spring allergies in the U.S. Jackson, MS is the most challenging U.S. city to live for the second year in a row based on higher than average pollen scores, higher than average...
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4 Things You Must Know About the Flu If You Have Asthma

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Flu season is here and already making headlines. During the 2017-2018 flu season, it is estimated that more than 80,000 people died from the flu or flu complications . More than 900,000 were hospitalized. These numbers are the highest we've seen in decades. Everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves for this flu season now before it peaks, especially people with asthma . As you prepare to deal with co-workers who come to work sick, kids who bring illnesses home from school or germy...
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5 Reasons Why Children With Asthma Need Important Vaccines for the Back-to-School Season

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As you get ready to send your child with asthma back to school, add one more item to the top of your list: Get the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. If your child has asthma, they should get both the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. These shots can go a long way toward keeping your child healthy this school year.
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A Positive Outlook and Determination Help Teenager Overcome Asthma and Beat the Odds

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During National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, there are many ways to educate others about asthma and allergies and what it’s like to live with them. We offer several tools and ideas to help you get involved. As part of this year’s focus, More Than Asthma, we want to highlight Leo Ignacio "Nacho" Adams. Faced with severe asthma from since he was an infant, Nacho's determination helped him become an active teenager, despite the odds.
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AAFA and Allergy Standards Host Allergy Summit to Elevate Industry and Consumer Perspectives to Improve Products for Allergy Aware Consumers

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) announced findings from a new market research survey aimed at better understanding patient and consumer awareness, perceptions and values of certified products and the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, as well as buyer behaviors and demands.
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AAFA Applauds Walgreens and Kaléo Partnership, Increasing Patient Access to Life-Saving Epinephrine

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Walgreens and kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, are working together to improve access to epinephrine auto-injectors by making kaléo’s AUVI-Q® available through Walgreens locations nationwide. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) applauds this effort to help thousands of Americans with their epinephrine needs during the back to school season, as supply issues have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by other manufacturers.
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AAFA CEO and President Testifies in Support of Protections for School Children With Asthma and Food Allergies

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On Jan. 8, 2020, Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), spoke before members of the U.S. House of Representatives about the need for protections for school children with asthma and food allergies.
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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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AAFA Explains: Can Herbal Supplements Help My Nasal Allergies?

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When new drugs and medical procedures are developed, they go through rigorous scientific study. Complementary Alternative Medicine treatments usually do not go through the same type of research. As a result, whether it works (called efficacy) is unproven for most treatments. Most herbal remedies for rhinitis fall into that category.
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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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Plea to the Department of Health and Human Services: People With Allergies Need Access to Epinephrine Now

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Manufacturing and insurance issues have made it hard for many members of our community to fill their prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors in recent months. But the drug epinephrine itself is not in short supply. This has become a serious concern for families of children with life-threatening food allergies. When families who manage food allergies are in fear for their children's lives because they can't get the medicine they need, our system is broken.
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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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AAFA Releases 2019 State Honor Roll Report in Advance of Asthma Peak Week

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Schools provide valuable education to students. But the very resource that is supposed to benefit our children can actually be a cause of asthma symptoms and allergic reactions. Some states have policies in place that protect children with asthma and allergies. These 15 states made our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR). See how your state ranks.
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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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AAFA Issues Statement on FDA Approval of Primatene Mist for Mild Asthma

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People with asthma have more treatment choices than ever before, and the FDA recently announced approval for the readmittance of Primatene Mist – an over-the-counter (OTC) epinephrine inhaler. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions patients to not stop their current asthma treatment nor start taking this OTC option without talking to their health care provider first.
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AAFA Study Shows a Higher Burden of Disease for Patients with Adult- and Late Childhood-Onset Atopic Dermatitis vs. Patients with Early Childhood-Onset Atopic Dermatitis

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Study Shows a Higher Burden of Disease for Patients with Adult- and Late Childhood-Onset Atopic Dermatitis vs. Patients with Early Childhood-Onset Atopic Dermatitis WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2018) - The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today announced data demonstrating a higher burden of disease for patients with adult- and late childhood-onset atopic dermatitis (AD) vs patients with early childhood-onset AD. These results are from...
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AAFA Tackles Childhood Asthma and Allergies

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Asthma and allergies impact one in five children in the United States. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) exhibited at the 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference to learn the latest news in pediatrics and to talk to health care providers about the programs and services we offer.
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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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AAFA Welcomes New Executive Directors to Two Chapters

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) welcomes two new Executive Directors this year. David Guydan has joined the AAFA New England Chapter , and Marjorie Moore has joined the AAFA St. Louis Chapter . Guydan brings both for-profit and nonprofit experience to his AAFA role. He started with a career in banking and finance, serving as a CEO in the industry for 10 years. More recently, he worked as a strategic planning consultant for multiple nonprofits. He also held a fellowship as...
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Act Now to Help Protect National Asthma Control Program

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Congress just cleared its final fiscal year 2018 spending bill. The bill included $29 million for the National Asthma Control Program (NACP). This program is run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This important action reverses the president's proposed cut of nearly $4 million to the program. And it actually gives a slight increase to the NACP above what the program got in the 2017 fiscal year.
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Advances in Asthma and Allergies in 2019

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These are just a few things we were able to do this year for the asthma and allergy community because of you. But there is more for us to do to significantly reduce the burden of these diseases on people with asthma and allergies. And we can with your help.
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Air Quality Flags and Apps Help Protect People with Asthma

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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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Action Alert: Protect Students With Asthma and Allergies

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We urge Congress to support the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468) to put important protections in place for children with asthma and allergies.
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Ask Your Senators to Approve Increased Funding for the National Asthma Control Program

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Happy 20th Birthday to the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)! We are thrilled to see that our advocacy efforts are paying off. We applaud the House Appropriations Committee for approving the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2020 today to increase to program funding to $34 million. We hope the Senate will do the same.
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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Announces Free Online Course for Asthma Patients

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) with support provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created and launched the Asthma Symptoms, Treatment, Health Management and Activities™ (ASTHMA) Care for Adults program to help patients manage asthma and improve their health. The program covers a full range of topics someone with asthma needs to know.
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Asthma and Allergy Research Review January-March 2017

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America will recap some of the top research about allergies and asthma every three months. Here is a look at studies reported between January and March. Read about how treating homes for cockroaches can improve children's asthma, a possible link between insomnia and developing asthma, the safety of allergy immunotherapy and more.
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Asthma and Allergy Survey: Students Need Your Feedback for Special AAFA Survey

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Our names are Sahil Ahuja, Lauren Perry, Aymen Saleem, and Mathangi Sridharan, and we are students at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. We are completing a project to evaluate the communication channels of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Here is a survey that will assist us in our communications audit. The goal of this survey is to gain insights into the opinions of AAFA’s customers--you. We would greatly appreciate your completion of this survey. If...
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Asthma and Allergy To-Do List Before School Ends for Summer Break

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Around the U.S., the school year is almost over! If you have a child with asthma or allergies, add these to your end-of-year to-do list.
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Asthma Is Responsible for 2 Million Emergency Room Visits Each Year

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Asthma is the third-leading cause of hospital stays in children. Hospitalizations among children are higher during Asthma Peak Week in September when children return to school and are exposed to more asthma triggers, allergens and respiratory infections.
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Protect Yourself During Asthma Peak Week: Tips to Help You Avoid Asthma Episodes

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It's best to start preparing for Asthma Peak Week weeks, even months in advance. But now that it's here, there are still ways you can protect yourself. An article by Forbes, "It’s Asthma Peak Week — Here’s How to Get Ready," offers some tips to stay healthy.
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Attack Asthma Run Raises Awareness and Money for Asthma

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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.
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Back-to-School: Students and Asthma Inhalers

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Did you know your state allows students to self-carry a quick-relief asthma inhaler while at school? Every state has a policy that allows students in public schools to self-carry, although each has its own procedures. This applies to every state in the U.S. Now is the time of year to get your school forms signed by your child's doctor. These forms include your child's asthma action plan and medication authorization form. Asthma is the leading cause of school absences due to a chronic...
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Bill Introduced to Encourage Schools to Stock Quick-Relief Asthma Medicines

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The School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, H.R. 2285, was filed on May 2, 2017, in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would require states to also have laws that allow schools to keep asthma quick-relief medicines on hand. Learn more about this bill and how to get involved.
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Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act Aims to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools to Improve Student Health and Learning

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On Feb. 27, 2020, Senator Cory Booker and Representative Katherine Clark introduced the Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act. The proposed act would give schools a three-year grant to help them improve indoor air quality (IAQ) . The grant would allow schools in high pollution areas or that pose a severe health and safety threat to install commercial air filters. This program would be managed by the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These grants aim to: Improve the...
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Congress Introduces Bill to Protect Students with Asthma

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Congress is taking steps to improve how schools across the country manage asthma. The federal bill is called the School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act (HR 4662). The bill encourages states to improve asthma care in schools. Schools that adopt improved asthma management programs and policies would have a better chance of receiving federal grant money for asthma programs. Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) are the sponsors of the bill. The bill calls for: stocking...
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Congress Recognizes May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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The U.S. House of Representatives has declared their support for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI), TJ Cox (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) submitted the resolution to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on May 8, 2020. May is peak season for people with asthma and allergies. That’s why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) chose it as a time to raise awareness and educate people on how to manage these conditions. Read...
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Creating an Asthma Management Plan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the #4 Asthma Capital

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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.
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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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Dr. Philip Norman: An AAFA Tribute to an Allergy Legend

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If you’ve ever benefited from immunotherapy (allergy shots, SLIT or oral immunotherapy), you can thank Dr. Philip Sidney Norman. Dr. Norman put allergy research on the map. He is known as the “father of modern immunotherapy for allergic disease” and even coined the term “allergen immunotherapy.” As an allergist and researcher for more than 50 years, he published 237 research papers and more than 100 book chapters and reviews. And for many decades, he was an important part of AAFA.
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Dupilumab Shows Benefit for Those With Severe Asthma During Clinical Trial

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi today announced that the Phase 3 investigational study evaluating dupilumab in adults and adolescents with severe, steroid-dependent asthma met its primary endpoint and key secondary endpoints.
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Easy Ways to Raise Awareness About Asthma and Allergies

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Help us raise awareness about asthma and allergies during May, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . About 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. And around 32 million Americans have food allergies. Asthma alone causes 1.8 million emergency department visits each year. And severe allergic reactions cause 30,000 emergency department visits. With the right education and treatment, we can help people manage asthma and allergies to reduce medical emergencies. The Asthma and Allergy...
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Eczema, Hand-Washing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

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Proper hand-washing is one of the best ways to prevent spreading viruses, like the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu . But when you have a skin condition like eczema (atopic dermatitis or dyshidrotic eczema) , washing your hands often can lead to dry and cracked skin, itchiness, pain and possibly infection. So how can people with eczema protect their skin while protecting themselves from the coronavirus? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) asked Dr. Jonathan Silverberg,...
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Eliminate Allergy and Asthma Triggers From Schools to Support National Healthy Schools Day

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Asthma is the main reason why children miss school. In fact, children in the U.S. miss about 13.8 million school days each year due to asthma. Missing school can affect many children's grades and well-being. Controlling asthma triggers at home can help reduce asthma symptoms. But what about at school? If kids are exposed to triggers at school, managing asthma at home will be a losing battle. Children are the most affected by air pollution and poor indoor air quality. The Asthma and Allergy...
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EPA Works to Reduce Air Pollution in 32 States by Improving Older School Buses

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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $8.7 million to replace or retrofit 452 older diesel school buses. The funds are going to 141 school bus fleets in 32 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.
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Erin Tackles Severe Asthma to Finish Graduate School and Become Decorated Athlete

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Erin M is our first #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies photo contest winner. Her photo shows asthma doesn’t have keep you from sports and activities you love.
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Facebook Chat: School Accommodations for Food Allergies and Asthma

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Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Kids With Food Allergies for a back-to-school Facebook chat. Attorney, author and food allergy advocate Laurel Francoeur, Esq., will answer your questions on how to send your child with asthma and food allergies back to school with the right accommodations to keep them safe.
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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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Family Removed from Plane After Boy’s Allergic Reaction to Dog

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Be kind. Be nice. That is the message that a father with terminal cancer gives when he and his family are removed from a plane after his young son has an allergic reaction to a dog.
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FDA Approves Spiriva Respimat to Treat Asthma In Children Ages 6-12

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[Press Release] FDA Expands Approval of SPIRIVA® RESPIMAT® (tiotropium bromide) Inhalation Spray for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children Steroid-free SPIRIVA RESPIMAT now approved as asthma treatment for age 6 and older Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) approved under priority review from the FDA FDA also granted pediatric exclusivity to SPIRIVA RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and...
 
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