Tagged With "Asthma Capitals"

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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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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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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

K8sMom2002 ·
This is so cool! I think it will give doctors a great window to see into the daily lives of folks managing asthma!
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Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

Kathy P ·
Welcome Annmarie. Monitoring devices like this are exciting! Sorry to hear your son struggles so much. I hope you'll join us on the support forums - https://community.aafa.org/forum/asthma-support
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

Annmarie22 ·
I would love to have this for my son he suffers from severe asthma when we think we have it under control it flares up he has been hospitalized a lot for asthma it is so scary
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

K8sMom2002 ·
Lynnnowik, the device is not out yet -- the Wing website (click the blue letters to take you to their website) has some information about it and a place to sign up for news alerts. The blog says that they're hoping to release it in the fall. In the meantime, how can we help you with your asthma? I hope you'll join us on our Daily Roll Call "thread" on the forums -- it's a great way to get to know other folks who are managing asthma and get a little encouragement each day!
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

Lynnnowik ·
Where can I buy or get the wing for a low price? I have asthma real bad and I think this will help me.
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September Asthma Epidemic

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Does your asthma or your child’s asthma always seem to get worse in September? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, researchers have studied this issue. Here is what they found. September is a difficult time for those with asthma There is a September asthma hospitalization “epidemic.” Many more people are hospitalized for asthma shortly after school starts than at any other time of the year. The number of asthma hospitalizations peak first for school-age children, then preschool children, then...
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Re: September Asthma Epidemic

K8sMom2002 ·
Very good to know! I thought it was just our household that had a flare-up of asthma when school starts.
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Study Finds Factors that Influence Asthma Severity in Inner-City Children

AAFA Community Services ·
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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A Family Gives Meaning to a Life Lost to Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Michelle lost her sister, Tiffany, when she died from asthma in 2014. Tragically, Tiffany had suffered her first-ever exercise-induced asthma attack. After the devastating loss of her sister, Michelle and her family wanted to make sure that no other family had to lose a loved one like their family did. Michelle and her family now raise awareness about asthma and support AAFA because of AAFA’s mission to improve the lives of people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy...
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What type of provider manages your asthma?

Kathy P ·
It's important to work with your health care provider to create a personalized plan for managing your asthma. Who do you see who helps you manage your asthma?
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FDA Approves a New Treatment Option for Those With Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Fasenra (benralizumab) for the add-on maintenance treatment of patients with severe asthma aged 12 years and older, and with an eosinophilic phenotype.
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Re: FDA Approves a New Treatment Option for Those With Severe Asthma

F.Michael ·
New here but enjoy all the information,and I thank you all for this.As I become a member for a longer period of time I will feel more comfortable adding my information.I am more COPD Oriented.
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Re: One Member Finds a Lifeline While Managing Severe Asthma

shelbyg ·
I would love to connect with Andrew as someone who was recently diagnosed with severe asthma myself!
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Re: One Member Finds a Lifeline While Managing Severe Asthma

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks for sharing your story, Andrew! I know that AAFA has made a difference in the day-to-day management of MY asthma -- glad it's helped you as well!
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One Member Finds a Lifeline While Managing Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
For Andrew, breathing is a daily, ongoing struggle. Andrew was first diagnosed with moderate asthma when he was 10 years old. His first trip to the emergency room due to an asthma attack would be the first of many all-too-familiar trips. Through high school, asthma didn’t just affect him physically, but emotionally and academically, too. In addition to working hard to keep up with classwork from missed days, he also had to face relentless bullying – so severe that he had to change schools to...
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Teva Pharmaceuticals Prepares for Upcoming Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

AAFA Community Services ·
QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol will become available by prescription on February 12, 2018. QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol will no longer be available to patients.
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Re: Leading Patient Advocacy Organizations Join Forces to Launch National Program Aimed at Raising Awareness of Severe Form of Asthma

Shea ·
I like the awareness brought to people with SEA, and the checklist for doctors visits at the site! I have an eosinophil- related condition and asthma is one component of it (and the most difficult to deal with). My main trigger is pet dander (which I fervently avoid) but it is very hard when service dogs are allowed in the allergists office waiting room. I also take all the medications recommended, and still it is difficult. I am making progress though.
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Leading Patient Advocacy Organizations Join Forces to Launch National Program Aimed at Raising Awareness of Severe Form of Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN) and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today announced the launch of Be the Boss of Your Asthma, a national educational program that aims to raise awareness of severe eosinophilic asthma – or S.E.A. – a serious and often hard-to-control form of asthma.
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Asthma Annual Roundup

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Asthma Annual Roundup
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AAFA Blog Named One of Best Asthma Blogs of 2018

AAFA Community Services ·
We are proud to announce that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s blog has again been named one of the best asthma blogs by Healthline in 2018! Healthline is a health site with information on many health topics.
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Re: 2018 Asthma Capitals Report Identifies Nation’s “Asthma Belts”

Venkata Aspari ·
I am confused by these reports. I remember the previous report (cannot find a link to it) implying that Portland OR is one of the friendliest places for asthma. Now it lists it as one of the asthma capitals.
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Re: 2018 Asthma Capitals Report Identifies Nation’s “Asthma Belts”

Melanie Carver ·
Hi @Venkata Aspari , The full ranking of the top 100 uses a weighted formula created by AAFA that includes: estimated asthma prevalence, ER visits for asthma, and asthma mortality. Portland, Oregon, ranks overall as the #39th Asthma Capital. The reason why Portland ranked this high is because the Portland, Oregon metro area has a high estimated asthma prevalence per their county records. But in the other areas we analyzed, Portland was average or better than average. Please let us know if...
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2018 Asthma Capitals Report Identifies Nation’s “Asthma Belts”

AAFA Community Services ·
About 25 million Americans have asthma. There is no cure. But you can manage it with a proper treatment plan and by avoiding triggers. But there might be one thing out of your control that can make managing asthma a challenge: where you live. Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2018 Asthma Capitals™ report. This report ranks the top 100 cities in the U.S. where it’s challenging to live with asthma.
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Re: Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

K8sMom2002 ·
Cathy! You're an inspiration to us all!
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Re: Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

Cathy P. Stephens ·
Thank you very much. :-)
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Re: Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

Kathy P ·
I love your story! Such an inspiration! Makes me want to make more time for cycling...like I know I should!
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Re: Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

Katie D ·
Such a great and touching story, and how wonderful of the other participant to offer his medal to you. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
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Ironman Cathy Tackles Asthma and Wins

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Re: Living With Asthma in Birmingham, Alabama, the #8 Asthma Capital

K8sMom2002 ·
Thank you for sharing, Lynn! Way to go to increase awareness!
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Living With Asthma in Birmingham, Alabama, the #8 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
For many, asthma is caused by an allergic reaction to something. This is called allergic asthma is the most common. But a small number of people with asthma have “non-allergic asthma.” Lynn Johnson is part of this group. Lynn developed non-allergic asthma seven years ago, as an adult.
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Re: Living With Asthma in Birmingham, Alabama, the #8 Asthma Capital

Shea ·
Thank you for sharing! I think you are doing amazing advocating for yourself and making changes in your home and work life, gaining support from your friends, family, and coworkers along the way (even though it can be hard at times). I am so thankful to hear your stories on Daily Roll Call thread and hear how you find accomodations and work through problems because it helps me and makes me feel less alone in this.
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Re: Fighting for Air in Detroit, Michigan, the #16 Asthma Capital

K8sMom2002 ·
Thank you, Shari, for sharing your story!
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Fighting for Air in Detroit, Michigan, the #16 Asthma Capital

AAFA Community Services ·
Shari Duncan has had asthma for more than three decades. In recent years it has become quite severe. Shari takes daily asthma maintenance medicines, does nebulizer breathing treatments and works hard to avoid her biggest asthma triggers. She also uses her quick-relief inhaler about once or twice a week. In spite of these efforts, four to six times a year Shari is hospitalized for asthma.
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Managing Asthma and Poor Air Quality in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the #14 Asthma Capital

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During gym class, young April Behounek, noticed a burning sensation in her chest and trouble breathing. She told her mom and they went to see an allergist in northern Wisconsin. At age 10, April was diagnosed with asthma and an allergy to dogs. She grew up managing her asthma with the support of her parents and her doctors. This included using both long-term control and quick-relief inhalers.
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Re: Managing Asthma and Poor Air Quality in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the #14 Asthma Capital

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks for being willing to share -- this is a great way to put a "face" to asthma and to show that you can still be active with asthma! Also, great tip about ALWAYS having inhalers handy!
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Asthma's Age Gap

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Asthma's Age Gap
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