Tagged With "Asthma Basics"

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September Asthma Epidemic

AAFA Community Services ·
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.” In fact, the third week of September is considered Asthma Peak Week. Many more people are hospitalized for asthma shortly after school starts than at any other time of the year. The number of asthma...
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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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More Than Asthma: Relationships

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More Than Asthma: Relationships
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World Asthma Day is May 7, 2019

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World Asthma Day is May 7, 2019
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Asthma Awareness: Disparities

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Asthma Awareness: Disparities
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Allergic Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Allergic Asthma
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Asthma Annual Roundup

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Asthma Annual Roundup
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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

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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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FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Tezepelumab for Severe Asthma

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AstraZeneca and its partner Amgen Inc. (Amgen) announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for tezepelumab in patients with severe asthma, without an eosinophilic phenotype, who are receiving inhaled corticosteroids/long-acting beta2-agonists with or without oral corticosteroids and additional asthma controllers.
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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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What Happens in Your Airways When You Have Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
To understand asthma , a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, it helps to first know how your airways work. Watch on YouTube How Do Normal Airways Work? When we breathe in, air moves through our airways – from our nose or mouth, down a large hollow tube in the front of the neck called a windpipe or trachea – and into our lungs. The trachea divides into two tubes called bronchial [bron-KEE-uhl] tubes in the lungs. They look like upside-down trees. As the bronchial...
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Managing Asthma in St. Louis: It's Scary Not to Be Able to Breathe

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Growing up, Jerica Gordon’s sister had asthma, but she does not remember her having any asthma attacks. “So when my son was having trouble breathing, I thought it was just congestion or something. There was no wheezing that I remember hearing,” she shared. In November 2016, Jerica took her son Jonathan Robinson, Jr., then age 5, to the emergency room.
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Football Star Partners with Asthma Foundation to Help Kids Tackle Asthma

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants today announced the launch of their #TackleAsthma campaign to educate and inspire children with asthma. As part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month this May, AAFA and Jennings are working to help families understand and manage the daily challenges of living with asthma.
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Increasing Inhaled Steroids Temporarily Does Not Stop Asthma Flare-Ups in Children

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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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May Is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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Shop Our Online Store to Spread the Word About Asthma and Allergy Awareness Nearly 24 million Americans have asthma. And more than 50 million have allergies. So chances are you or someone you know has an allergic disease. The best way to support people with these diseases is by helping everyone understand them better. Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be " National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month ." It's a perfect time to educate your family,...
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Re: Brace Yourselves: The Biggest Week for Asthma Attacks Is Coming

Melissa G ·
Wow! I had no idea!
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Re: Brace Yourselves: The Biggest Week for Asthma Attacks Is Coming

Deborah Bartlett ·
Neither did I. Glad we found out!
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FDA Approves Dupixent® for Treatment of Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
The FDA has approved another biologic treatment, Dupixent, for the treatment of both moderate and severe asthma patients with eosinophilic phenotype and oral corticosteroid-dependent asthma, regardless of phenotype.
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Brace Yourselves: The Biggest Week for Asthma Attacks Is Coming

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Every September, asthma hospitalizations rise. Doctors see more people with asthma episodes and attacks. The third week of the month is the worst. It is called the September Asthma Epidemic or Asthma Peak Week. Everyone with asthma needs to be prepared.
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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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