Tagged With "Asthma Basics"

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More Than 25 Million Americans Have Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma and allergies affect more than 60 million Americans. Allergic disease, which includes asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. They can impact you socially, emotionally and financially. But asthma and allergies don't have to define you. But working with your doctor and following your treatment plan, you can thrive and do many of the things you enjoy doing.
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Is Your City an Asthma Capital? Here’s What You Can Do About It

AAFA Community Services ·
On May 7, 2019, World Asthma Day, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its 2019 Asthma Capitals Report™. This report ranks the top 100 most challenging places in America to live with asthma.
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Poverty Widens Gap in Care for Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Press Release Contact: Melissa Graham mgraham@aaaai.org (414) 272-6071 Onsite Press Room (March 4-7): (213) 743-6242 POVERTY WIDENS GAP IN CARE FOR ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES Researchers Examine Socioeconomic Disparities at AAAAI Annual Meeting Los Angeles, CA – Socioeconomic disparities are a cause for concern in patients with asthma and allergies, according to several studies presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting. “We found that patients who have asthma and come from lower income households –...
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Re: AAFA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Asthma and Allergy Research

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks, AAFA! Research is the key. One day I know that asthma folks will have much better treatment options than we do now.
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AAFA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing on Asthma and Allergy Research

AAFA Community Services ·
There is no cure for asthma or allergies, which is why research is so important. AAFA supports research that will lead to better care, more effective treatments and, one day, a cure. Since May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to spotlight health research and how it can help those with asthma and allergies. On Friday, May 13, AAFA is co-sponsoring a Congressional briefing , From Discovery to Delivery: Research at Work Against Allergies and Asthma . The briefing...
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Re: Does Growing up on Amish Farms Protect Children Against Asthma?

GigiGibson ·
This was very interesting! I grew up on a farm in city limits with all kinds of animals and a smoker. I stayed sick as a kid. I wonder how much of it is genetic?
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Re: Does Growing up on Amish Farms Protect Children Against Asthma?

Kathy P ·
It is interesting....and the type of germs/bacteria in the dust seems to be the difference. And that seems to be a factor of how they run the farms and how things are sanitized.
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Five Tips for Better Asthma and Allergy Health This Fall

AAFA Community Services ·
The Coalition for Medicare Choices and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America created this Pocket Companion to help improve respiratory health.
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Does Growing up on Amish Farms Protect Children Against Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
Can the house dust of a rural farming community hold clues to protecting people from developing asthma ? Researchers from several universities studied 60 children ages 7-14 from two similar, but slightly different, farming communities. Thirty were Amish children. Thirty were Hutterite. These groups are similar in that they share a common ancestry and have remained relatively isolated in their communities after immigration to the United States. They share other factors known to have...
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Children Who Do Not Have Access to Fresh Fruits and Veggies Have Higher Rates of Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Living in a food desert – an urban area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food – means you’re at increased risk to have asthma. Children who were studied who did not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables had higher rates of asthma than children who did have access.
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Re: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

uniquelyme2016 ·
Drink plenty of fluids..water water water and I highly recommend Emergenc
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Re: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

uniquelyme2016 ·
I like this question because I was not strong in this area for years. Water is so important but every time I drank it I was reminded of my childhood and how it was used to induce vomiting to bring up unpleasant fluids. Thus I detested water- Ok truth be told I hated it! It's not until I got married and watched my husband and step-son consume water like they were in a desert. They noticed the reverse with me and said that's not good--you need to flush your kidneys So I started a journey and I...
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Re: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

K8sMom2002 ·
UniquelyMe, I really need to drink more water. I drink a lot of tea, but I'm not so good about water. How'd you first get in the habit of increasing your water intake?
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Re: What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

Kathy P ·
Hugs uniquelyme I'm glad you were able to get past that and be able to drink a healthy amount of water.
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What Do You Do to Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu?

AAFA Community Services ·
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. It can also cause death in severe cases. The flu can affect your lungs when you have asthma. Having asthma puts you at risk of serious health problems from the flu. Take our survey.
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What You Need to Know About Asthma During Pregnancy

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is one of the most common medical problems that occurs during pregnancy. It can potentially be serious. Some studies have suggested that asthma complicates up to 7% of all pregnancies. About 30% of all women with asthma report their asthma worsened while pregnant. But with the right treatment and care, you and your baby can have a good outcome. Visit Living With Asthma: Asthma During Pregnancy to find out more about: asthma complications during pregnancy changes in asthma severity the...
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FDA Approves Symbicort to Treat Asthma In Children Ages 6-12

AAFA Community Services ·
AstraZeneca announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SYMBICORT® (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) Inhalation Aerosol 80/4.5 micrograms for the treatment of asthma in pediatric patients aged six up to 12 years.
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FDA Approves Two New Asthma Inhalers

AAFA Community Services ·
[Press Release] Teva Announces FDA Approval of Two New RespiClick® Maintenance Inhalers for the Treatment of Asthma Approvals Expand Portfolio of Respiratory Medicines Delivered in RespiClick® Inhaler Designed to Eliminate the Need for Hand-Breath Coordination During Inhalation JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two products for adolescent and adult patients with asthma.
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Add Your Voice to Asthma Research

AAFA Community Services ·
We know that everyone’s asthma is different and we would like to hear about your unique experiences about living with asthma. This research will give us insight on issues affecting quality of life and treatments for asthma. It will also help us raise awareness about living with asthma and improve our education materials. The My Life With Asthma online survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. Your identity and responses will be anonymous. After you take the survey, you can enter your...
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Black Children Six Times More Likely to Die of Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
There is no cure for asthma, but with the proper diagnosis, medication and an asthma management plan, symptoms can be controlled. When not properly controlled asthma can be deadly. A study being presented at the 2017 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting called “Where Do Children with Asthma Die? A National Perspective from 2003 to 2014” seeks to address where and which demographics of children are dying because of asthma in the United States.
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Join Us for Patient Centered Outcome Research Trainings for Asthma Research

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is training people affected by asthma to learn about research. If you have asthma, or are the parent or caregiver of someone with asthma, learn about the different types of research and how research can help people make future health care decisions. In this interactive training, participants will learn about: asthma management clinical research and the clinical research process patient centered outcomes research how to become involved in research...
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4 Asthma Triggers to Be Aware of During Fourth of July Celebrations

AAFA Community Services ·
Summer events, like the 4th of July, are a great time to get together with family and friends to celebrate. If you have asthma , be aware of possible triggers around you and take steps to prevent flare-ups. 1. Fireworks Fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate the holiday. But fireworks create smoke and small particulate matter that contributes to air pollution which can trigger asthma. Consider watching firework displays from an indoor location. 2. Smoke from Barbecues or Fire Pits Like...
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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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Thunderstorms and Asthma: An Unexpected Connection

AAFA Community Services ·
In November 2016, a surprising event occurred in Melbourne, Australia. During an outbreak of thunderstorms, thousands of people had sudden asthma attacks around the same time. The strange weather event overwhelmed emergency facilities and personnel. Nine people died from the event. The phenomenon is called thunderstorm asthma. Experts in Australia and Europe have been studying thunderstorm asthma for years. But we don’t hear much about it in the United States. Does that mean Americans won’t...
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What Forms Do You Need for School If Your Child Has Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

K8sMom2002 ·
Go, Megan! Monica is right -- great story and a wonderful display of grit and never giving up!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

MonicaW6 ·
What a wonderful story and testimony that with Asthma you can do what your heart desires. You are a champion Megan on so many levels and an inspiration to individuals with or without Asthma. I look forward to your next blog!
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Helping Doctors Provide Personalized Asthma Care – the CHAMPS Project

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Kathy P ·
Good luck Megan!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

RSkalak ·
What an amazing and inspiring story! I have asthma and environmental allergies and am active-sometimes I have to limit my activities outside during certain months so I don’t go into a flare..happens too often for me but I try to keep my lungs in shape too! I keep trying to push myself.
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Megan Roberts ·
That's great you persevere and push yourself while being smart about it @RSkalak ! It sounds like you've figured out what took me way too long to learn-- that exercise with asthma is a balancing act, but absolutely possible if you know how to manage your triggers. Best wishes in your active life!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Megan Roberts ·
Thanks @Kathy P , @MonicaW6 , @AmyWhicker and @K8sMom2002 for the support and well wishes! Such a strong community of supporters through AAFA.
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Dupilumab Shows Benefit for Those With Severe Asthma During Clinical Trial

AAFA Community Services ·
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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School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act Introduced to House

AAFA Community Services ·
[Press Release] Roe, Hoyer Introduce School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act Washington, May 2, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) introduced H.R. 2285, the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, legislation that encourages states to help ensure students with reversible lower airway disorders, such as asthma, have assistance at school with managing their chronic disease and can...
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Understanding Asthma Research: Working With Your Health Care Providers

AAFA Community Services ·
When you have asthma, you may have different health care providers who help you manage your asthma. These may include a primary care doctor, specialists and other experts who oversee parts of your treatment plan. Since proper asthma management is key, you need to understand each one’s focus and the role they play in your care. This is the first step toward building a partnership with your health care team for the best quality of life possible.
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FDA Approves Removal of Asthma-Related Death Box Warnings From Certain Asthma Medicines

AAFA Community Services ·
FDA's most prominent warning, the Boxed Warning, about asthma-related death has been removed from the drug labels of medicines that contain both an ICS and LABA. A FDA review of four large clinical safety trials shows that treating asthma with long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) in combination with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) does not result in significantly more serious asthma-related side effects than treatment with ICS alone.
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Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
On behalf of all of us at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and those we serve, thank you. Your gifts in 2017 will have a far-reaching impact in the coming year. We are grateful to work with you to make a difference in the lives of the millions living with asthma and allergies. You make all of this possible.
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Re: Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

Kathy P ·
That's awesome! What a great way to support AAFA! Starting a Facebook fundraiser is so easy too. For anyone interested, there are lots of ways to support AAFA - http://www.aafa.org/page/fundraise-for-aafa.aspx .
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Re: Your Support Makes a Difference for Those With Asthma and Allergies

pinkladycha ·
AAFA has been a blessing. My birthday was yesterday and I was able to raise a small amount in lieu of gifts through Facebook.
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Breathing in the Boat: Dragon Boat World Championships With Asthma

Megan Roberts ·
By Megan Roberts, Community Engagement Program Manager at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America I have had exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (asthma) for as long as I can remember. I have also been very active most of my life. Until the end of 2016, one didn’t really affect the other. Pretreating with albuterol before exercise managed all my asthma symptoms. In recent years, as my exercise habits have increased, I haven’t even carried an inhaler at times. At the end of 2011, I...
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Your Asthma and Allergy Checklist for January

AAFA Community Services ·
Are you making a to-do list for the new year? Add some of these asthma and allergy tasks to your to-do list.
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Breathing in the Boat: It Was All Worth It

Megan Roberts ·
On Oct. 14, 2017, I began my travel across the world to compete at the 13th International Dragon Boat Federation’s Nations World Championships on Dianchi Lake in Kunming, China, after a long and unlikely journey to overcome asthma symptoms that nearly prevented me from competing at all.
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: It Was All Worth It

LK ·
Congratulations on competing and your medals Megan!! Such a well written article and a most impressive sport! What a memorable trip!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: It Was All Worth It

MonicaW6 ·
@Megan Roberts , YOU are simply amazing. I am so glad to have you as a colleague and friend. Your strength and drive inspires everyone around you. Thanks for sharing your awesome story!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: It Was All Worth It

K8sMom2002 ·
Hard work, good planning and attention to your asthma plan pays off big time! Go you!
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Re: Breathing in the Boat: It Was All Worth It

Megan Roberts ·
Thank you @K8sMom2002 , @MonicaW6 and @LK for the kind words. I am grateful to be part of such a motivating, supportive and informative community, and that includes each one of you!
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Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

AAFA Community Services ·
QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is now available to patients by prescription! It is the first and only breath-actuated inhaled corticosteroid for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients ages 4 and older. QVAR® RediHaler™ is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler.
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

Asthma sickness ·
Hi im susana torrechilla from phillipines im here in this community because im always trigger of asthma I already hospitalize 2x in icu about my asthma.I need help some medication about my asthma very long time I know this site will help me about my problem.im not often see the doctore about the financial problem I hope they have a doctor her can help me to diagnose my asthma.I hope one day answer my prayer.thank you! Need medication for begging and for help about my asthma.thank u so much
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Re: Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, Susana! That sounds super frustrating! You may be eligible for help through pharmaceutical assistance programs . Have you checked AAFA's list of resources there?
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