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Help People With Asthma and Allergies Through Federal Workplace Giving

AAFA Community Services ·
If you are a federal employee, consider making a difference in the lives of people with asthma and allergies with an easy donation through your paycheck. You likely know someone with asthma and allergies – or perhaps you are affected. According to the CDC, 1 in 14 people have asthma. In children, asthma is the leading cause for missed school days. Allergic disease is rising, affecting as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) was...
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Helping Doctors Provide Personalized Asthma Care – the CHAMPS Project

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Many consider personalized medicine the future of health care, and for good reason. As we learn about patients, genetics and diseases, we see that a standard approach is not the best. The purpose of personalized medicine is to provide custom treatment plans for patients. While customized care can help patients, it also adds challenges due to many factors that influence asthma.
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Her Health Comes First: One Mother Talks About the Challenges of Managing Her Child's Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma can be scary and overwhelming. It is the leading chronic disease in children and the top reason for missed school days due to chronic illness. I’m sure if you’ve been touched by this disease, you might empathize with this experience from LaJoy and her daughter, Abria.
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High School Athlete Doesn’t Let Asthma Stop Her

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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).
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Honor Student Holds Concert to Raise Awareness for Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As a lifetime patient of both asthma and allergies, I am all too familiar with the late night ambulance trips to the emergency room because of an asthma attack or the rude interruption of a peanut or tree nut in my body at a classy restaurant. Such unfortunate circumstances are a constant fear in my life—just like they are for many others with asthma and severe allergies. Though my asthma has improved since I was a young child (I am now a passionate long distance runner—still running with my...
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How Can the ADA Help Me If I Have Asthma or Allergies?

AAFA Community Services ·
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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People With Asthma Will Benefit From Nationwide Public Housing Smoking Ban

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A U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ban on smoking in public housing starts July 31, 2018. According to the rule, no one can smoke inside public housing. They also cannot smoke within 25 feet of any public housing building.
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Please Don't Stop Your Asthma Medicines – An Editorial From Dr. Mitchell Grayson on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

AAFA Community Services ·
With the current spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and around the world, many people with asthma wonder how it would affect them if they got the illness. There is a lot we still don't know about this illness. Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) Medical Scientific Council, wrote this article for our blog about what we do know at this time. There have been many questions about how having asthma affects your risk of getting...
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Prepare for the New School Year With AAFA Resources for Managing Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Looking for resources to help you plan for the new school year? We have several resources for parents, schools, teachers and staff to help students manage asthma at school.
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Preparing for School With Asthma and Food Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
We hosted a free educational webinar featuring guest speakers David Stukus, MD, and Michael Pistiner, MD on the Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) site. KFA is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The presentation below answers common questions about how your allergist can help with back-to-school planning.
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Questions About Eczema? Learn More During This Live Online Event

AAFA Community Services ·
On Nov. 8, 2018, from 3-4 p.m. ET, join us for a free interactive video program on eczema. The live session will include interactive polling, real-time question-and-answer session and an expert panel featuring specialists on eczema.
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Rashad Jennings and AAFA Help Kids Tackle Asthma

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"An asthma attack feels like your world is about to end. If you’ve ever been swimming, it’s like when you’re underwater and you need to come up to get some air, but you don’t know when you’re going to be able to get it" - Rashad Jennings
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School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act Introduced to House

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[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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Schools and States Can Improve Indoor Air Quality for Students With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR), we look at the impact poor indoor air quality in schools can have on students with asthma and allergies.
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September/October Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: Passenger Rights on Planes, Protections in Schools and Access to OTC Medicines

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to our first monthly advocacy update. My name is Jenna Riemenschneider, Director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I'm pictured above with Mark Vieth, Senior Vice President at Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, at a meeting with Airlines for America. Through this monthly blog series, I will update you on our advocacy efforts. We have already had a busy fall. This first post will include our September and October activity.
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Severe Asthma Impacts Relationships, Activities and Emotions

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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.
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Share These Asthma and Allergy Awareness Images to Spread Awareness

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Spread Awareness About Asthma and Allergies in One Click

AAFA Community Services ·
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Join us as we raise awareness about asthma and allergies. More than 25 million people in the U.S. with asthma. Ten people die every day from asthma. But with the right education and treatment, the deaths are preventable. Together, we can educate others about the seriousness of asthma.
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Springfield, Massachusetts: Why It's the #1 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
Last year’s top Asthma Capital, Springfield, Massachusetts, is again the most challenging place in the U.S. to live with asthma. To get a better understanding of the asthma problem there, we talked with a local family, senator, allergist and city councilor.
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Student Fashion Show Raises Awareness for Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Students in a New Jersey modeling club showed off more than just fashion on the runway last month. The fashion show happened to fall during Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. So the children at the Robert J. Fulton School in North Bergen decided to donate the show's ticket sales to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America . The school is in a densely populated, urban area near New York City. The students chose AAFA since so many kids have asthma and food allergies. The club for seventh...
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Student Raises Asthma Awareness Through Senior Project About AAFA

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Without Funding, Millions of Children Could Lose Health Care Coverage From CHIP Program

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports a five-year re-authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) without offsetting cuts (pay-fors) to other programs that benefit children. CHIP is a bipartisan success story that should be celebrated. The program was created in 1997 and has been championed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle since its beginning.
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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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Texas Schools Suspend Students After Saving Classmates from Asthma Attacks

AAFA Community Services ·
Usually, we reward Good Samaritans coming to the aid of another human being who is sick - not punish them.
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The Concerning Rise of Youth Vaping and What States Can Do to Help

AAFA Community Services ·
Vaping is causing serious lung disease in many teens. Yet, youth vaping continues to rise at an alarming rate. State policies can help curb youth vaping. As part of our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR), we look at the rise of vaping among our youth and what states can do to reduce rates.
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The Tools You Need to Send Your Child With Asthma Back to School

AAFA Community Services ·
It’s time for a new school year, which means it’s time to make sure you have everything in place to help your child with asthma have a safe and successful year. As you gather book bags, lunch boxes and supplies for the new school year, check out these resources from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). We have helpful forms, free downloads and information on keeping your child healthy.
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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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Walgreens Locations Will Now Carry AUVI-Q Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

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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® 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg available through Walgreens locations nationwide. This comes in an 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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We Fight, Support and Advocate in Honor of Those Who Have Lost Their Lives

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Dear Friends, One of the hardest things we do at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is have conversations with families who have lost loved ones to asthma. Our hearts break for them. We grieve along with them. After hearing these stories, we are determined to do even more for people with asthma and allergies. We understand that an asthma or allergy diagnosis can be a life-changing event. For those affected, we stand together, prepared not only to listen and to empathize, but also...
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Webinar: Caring for Patients with Asthma and Allergy: Leveraging Digital Solutions

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of Asthma Week at the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and ATS will present a webinar on Wednesday, June 22, at 3:00 pm. The webinar, "Caring for Patients with Asthma and Allergy: Leveraging Digital Solutions,” will be hosted by AAFA’s President and CEO, Dr. Cary Sennett. RSVP: Reserve your seat by registering WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 TIME: 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern time WHERE: Your computer, iOS or Android device Asthma is a...
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What Forms Do You Need for School If Your Child Has Asthma?

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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.
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Why the Weatherford, Texas, School Board’s Anaphylaxis Policy Is a Bad Idea

AAFA Community Services ·
School is a common place for children to experience anaphylaxis – a serious allergic reaction. But the Weatherford Independent School District in Texas recently took a step backward. They created a policy that guides staff to give Benadryl® for severe allergic reactions, instead of unassigned stock epinephrine. But this goes against medical evidence.
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With 10 Days Left in Marketplace Open Enrollment, AAFA Offers New Digital Tool for Instant Access to Asthma and Health Insurance Help

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released a new tool for the asthma community – an asthma health chatbot. The chatbot is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help people get answers to their questions about asthma or health insurance. This can be a valuable tool for people shopping for health insurance during the final 10 days left in the federal open enrollment period.
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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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How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

AAFA Community Services ·
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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How to Apply for Social Security Benefits If You Have Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
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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How to Raise Awareness About Asthma in Your Workplace

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Increasing Awareness of Atopic Dermatitis Is the Focus of World Allergy Week 2018

AAFA Community Services ·
World Allergy Organization (WAO), together with its member societies around the world, will host World Allergy Week from April 22-28, 2018. The theme and educational focus will be: Atopic Dermatitis: An Itch that Rashes.
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Increasing Inhaled Steroids Temporarily Does Not Stop Asthma Flare-Ups in Children

AAFA Community Services ·
Researchers have found that temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, and may be associated with slowing a child’s growth, challenging a common medical practice involving children with mild-to-moderate asthma.
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January Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: Progress Toward School Protections

Jenna R. ·
Happy New Year! Welcome to your January advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Just One Click Can Spread Awareness About Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. We hope you will join us in our efforts to raise awareness about asthma and allergies. Almost 25 million people in the US with asthma and about 6 million are children under the age of 18. Sadly, in the US, there are still 10 deaths per day due to asthma, and most of those fatalities are preventable. Together we can educate other about the seriousness of asthma.
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Kathy P Trains to #TackleAsthma

Kathy P ·
Clearly, I’ve lost my mind! I’ve committed to train for and participate in a half century (50-mile) bike ride. That’s not the crazy part. I have asthma and it frequently becomes a factor in what I do. Will I be able to keep my exercise induced asthma under control so it will allow me to even train for this ride?
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Kids Tackle Their Asthma While Having Fun at AAFA Alaska Summer Camp

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Sleepaway camp is a rite of passage for some kids. For children with asthma, there are additional concerns. What if my child gets sick? How will she know to take her medicine? Asthma camps provide health education for kids and peace of mind for parents.
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Living Life to Its Fullest One Year After Bronchial Thermoplasty

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Lexi Larabee, who has severe asthma, had bronchial thermoplasty one year ago and shared her experience with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Below, Lexi tells us what her life has been like after the procedure.
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Major Tobacco Companies Are Finally Telling the Truth About Tobacco

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More than 10 years ago, U.S. tobacco companies were ordered to run ads about the bad effects of tobacco products. On Nov. 26, 2017, the court-ordered ads began. Tobacco smoke can cause a lot of damage to your health, even if you aren’t the one smoking. In 2006, a court found several major tobacco companies guilty of misleading the public about the dangers of tobacco products. The companies are finally running ads in major newspapers and on TV stations. These ads have to include specific...
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Managing the Stress of Asthma in Boston, Massachusetts, the #11 Asthma Capital

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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.
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Michigan Woman With Severe Asthma Has New Hope Through Bronchial Thermoplasty

AAFA Community Services ·
For people with severe asthma, medicines may not help keep their asthma under control. A procedure called bronchial thermoplasty may offer relief, reducing asthma episodes or attacks in people with severe asthma. Lexi Larabee, who has severe asthma, is currently undergoing bronchial thermoplasty. Lexi shares her experience in her own words.
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National Healthy Schools Day Highlights the Need for Better School Environments for Children with Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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New Digital Long-Term Control Inhaler Works With Smartphones to Help People Track Inhaler Use

AAFA Community Services ·
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AirDuo® Digihaler™ (fluticasone propionate 113 mcg and salmeterol 14 mcg) Inhalation Powder, a combination therapy digital inhaler with built-in sensors that connects to a companion mobile application to provide information on inhaler use to people with asthma.
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New Pediatric Asthma Yardstick Provides Health Care Professionals a Roadmap for Managing Asthma in Children

AAFA Community Services ·
Although about 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States have asthma, there are few comprehensive U.S. guidelines for treating pediatric asthma. The Pediatric Asthma Yardstick, a new guideline from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), offers a user-friendly “operational document”. It helps health care professionals understand which controller treatments are right for which age groups and identifies when a step up is needed.
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