Tagged With "ASTHMA Care Program"

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Congress Introduces Bill to Protect Students with Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Winter Weather Advisory – Cold Air and Asthma

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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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Study Shows Mepolizumab to Be a Safe and Effective Long-Term Treatment Option for Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from GlaxoSmithKline to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Nucala (mepolizumab) study reports long-term safety data, consistent exacerbation reduction and improved asthma control New study showed one third of patients had no exacerbations on long-term treatment with Nucala GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) today presented new data from the longest study of an anti-IL5 biologic treatment in severe...
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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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New York City Bill Aims to Make Rental Homes Asthma-Friendly

AAFA Community Services ·
On June 13, 2017, the Coalition for Asthma-Free Homes gathered on the steps of New York’s City Hall to encourage legislators to pass the Asthma-Free Housing Act (Intro 385B) . Area residents, medical experts and environmental advocates joined them. Heidi Bayer, Chairman of the Board for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, was also there. This bill would help reduce indoor allergens in rented homes that can trigger asthma symptoms . Landlords would be required to inspect homes for...
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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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AAFA Explains: Can Vitamin D Help My Asthma?

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With all the benefits vitamin D is thought to have, can it help your asthma? Here’s what you need to know.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Lorene ·
Hi! It's great that your asthma is so well controlled that you don't need to take a daily controller/preventative medication. A preventer medicine will not keep you from getting COVID-19. I recommend you talk to your health care provider about your concerns. Let them know as soon as possible if you have any asthma or flu-like symptoms. It is important to identify and treat any virus as quickly as possible. Lorene
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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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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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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better for Employees With Asthma

5starbabez ·
I suffer from asthma and eczema both my dad had it but now he doesn't i do i try my best to stay away from grilling and smoke and perfumes and foods that i get allergies from like fish and wheat and oranges and more u should never take these easy u should always be a wear of what u eat and sleep and breathe so take care and i am only 14yrs old but take care
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FDA Approves Cinqair to Treat Severe Asthma

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

AAFA Community Services ·
New research shows omalizumab to be a promising treatment or prevention option for virus-induced asthma exacerbations, an important public health issue that affects every child with asthma.
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Lorene ·
Hi! thanks for sharing your tips on how your and husband stay healthy. Just a precaution, people should always check with their health care provider before starting any supplements or even vitamins to make sure they will not interfere with current medications. Eating a healthy diet and exercising are great strategies to staying healthy throughout the year. Again, talking to a health care provider to ensure diet and exercise are safe is recommended. Grape juice contains a lot of sugar, so...
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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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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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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Debbie Alves ·
Dear Deborah, You have my deepest sympathy on your loss. Only another parent, like Meredith, can truly understand the loss of a child. Nothing we - or anyone - can say will make it easier. Nothing is going to replace your son, or make his passing less frustrating. But you may find that channeling your pain can help - not only for you, your family and friends, but all the other spouses, children, friends and colleagues who may be living with asthma, know someone intimately at risk, or may...
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Could Drones Save Lives by Responding to Asthma and Allergy Emergencies?

AAFA Community Services ·
Could drones be used someday to deliver life-saving medications or interventions in the case of a child’s emergency, a drug overdose or in response to a mass casualty scene? According to new research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2019 National Conference & Exhibition, it’s an idea worth exploring.
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AAFA’s Ask the Allergist: Can Asthma Develop Suddenly?

AAFA Community Services ·
Q: Is it common for asthma to develop very suddenly? I am a 30-year-old, Caucasian female and I have had intermittent shortness of breath for 11 months, but have had everyday attacks for the past 3 months. My allergist and pulmonologist are having a hard time managing my asthma.
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Back-to-School: Students and Asthma Inhalers

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Your Gift Helps Kids Like Alex and Daniel

AAFA Community Services ·
For Melissa, asthma and allergies have become a struggle that her family faces every day. Her older son, Daniel, was diagnosed with severe asthma and 72 environmental allergies at an early age.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Sarah MTB ·
Relying on appliances makes housework so much easier - dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, etc. - and an air purifier is another one that feels like a relief to set and let it clean a bit for you while you take care of the rest!
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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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Mother and Son Manage Asthma Together in Kentucky

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Jessica Barber Brown and her son Isaac, age 11, live about 45 minutes outside of Louisville, Kentucky (overall #7 on Asthma Capitals), in Lawrenceburg. Both Jessica and Isaac have asthma and allergies.
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Sneezing and Sniffling: How to Tell If It's Allergies or a Cold

AAFA Community Services ·
It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between allergies and a common cold. Both allergies and cold viruses tend to become widespread at certain times of the year, which is why you may mistake a cold for seasonal allergies. Allergies and viral infections can cause rhinitis . The word rhinitis means “inflammation of the nose.” The nose produces fluid called mucus. This fluid is normally thin and clear. It helps to keep dust, debris and allergens out of the lungs. Mucus traps...
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Teens With Asthma Almost Twice As Likely to Smoke

AAFA Community Services ·
A study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found adolescents with asthma were twice as likely to smoke as kids without asthma. And they continue to smoke well into their teen years, even though they know smoking is particularly bad for their lungs.
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3 Ways Humidity Affects Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Allergens, chemicals and strong scents are common triggers for the almost 25 million Americans with asthma. But high humidity can be just as troublesome. People with asthma have inflamed airways that are sensitive to things that may not bother other people. That’s why humidity, and all that comes with it, can be a problem for people with asthma. 1 Here are some reasons why. 1. Humid air feels harder to breathe in. Some believe moist air is heavier and harder to breathe. Heat and humidity...
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Re: National Healthy Schools Day Highlights the Need for Better School Environments for Children with Asthma

Ironmom316 ·
Ay my kid's school, one of the teachers brings in her dog. I am irate-not a care for anyone there with a pet allergy.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Updated 3/27: The 2019 novel coronavirus (also known at COVID-19) is continuing to spread through the U.S. You may wonder how concerned you should be and the recommendations for people with asthma. Read what need to know.
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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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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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5 Asthma and Allergy Tips for a Healthier Home for the Holidays

AAFA Community Services ·
Holiday decorations make your home fun and festive. But they can also bring in asthma triggers and allergens. How do you deck the halls while keeping a healthy home? Here are five asthma & allergy friendly® tips for a healthier home for the holidays.
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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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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: FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Tezepelumab for Severe Asthma

Deborah Bartlett ·
I would like to speak with my doctors about this. Good question is...will insurance cover any part of the cost?
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Re: FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Tezepelumab for Severe Asthma

Melissa G ·
Deborah that is a very good question! It is always so hard to know what our insurance is going to do.
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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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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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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Katie D ·
Love to hear how this Mom is using the alerts to help her better manage both her and her sons asthma. The Air Quality Flag Program sounds like a great idea and hope more schools join.
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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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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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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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Medical News Today Chooses Two AAFA Blogs as the Best of Asthma Blogs

AAFA Community Services ·
Medical News Today (MNT) released a list of the 10 best blogs on asthma! We're honored to make the list.
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Study Shows How One Hospital Ensured Children Went Home with Asthma Medicine

AAFA Community Services ·
What health issue did the study examine? Families who leave a hospital with prescriptions for asthma medicine sometimes do not fill them. That can cause return trips to the emergency room for treatment. What do we know about this issue so far? Some families have trouble filling prescriptions after a hospital visit because of a lack of transportation, time or health insurance. Some hospitals have given patients medicine before they leave in an effort to reduce the number of return visits and...
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