On June 11, 2019, in Oakland, California, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and its California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) met to assess the clinical effectiveness and value of treatments for peanut allergy. The review examined two new technologies to induce immune tolerance — Viaskin® Peanut (DBV Technologies) and AR101 (Aimmune Therapeutics) — as well as non-commercialized oral immunotherapy (OIT).
In our second post in our “AAFA Explains” series, we look at claims that salt treatment (also known as halotherapy) can improve your asthma. “Salt rooms” are popping up in the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and elsewhere. These rooms charge you a fee to enter, like a spa. Salt crystals coat the rooms and the air is salt-laden as an attempt to mimic naturally occurring salt caves.The history of natural salt caves as an asthma remedy is ancient.
What is the difference between alternative, complementary and integrative medicine? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) wants you to know what these mean so that you can make informed healthcare choices. Complementary medicine refers to something you do or take along with treatment your doctor tells you to follow. Alternative medicine refers to something you do or take instead of your regular treatment. Integrative health care is the practice of combining complementary and...
This post discusses claims that caffeine can be used to treat asthma symptoms. It is part of our “ AAFA Explains ” series looking at complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) aimed at asthma and allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) wants to guide you as you decide between choices that may be “likely safe” or “potentially unsafe.” What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. There is no cure...
The I Am Essential coalition, submitted comments, signed by 97 patient groups, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in opposition to the Trump Administration's proposed rule that would expand the scope and applicability of short-term, limited-duration insurance plans (short-term plans). The rule, if finalized, would have a crippling effect on individuals' healthcare.
Today the acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, announced a proposal to dramatically weaken the Carbon Pollution Standards for New, Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants, which are protections against carbon pollution that have been in effect since 2015. Fifteen groups sent this letter in response.
Access to proper health care coverage is essential and life-saving for people with asthma and allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has joined other patient groups to make up the I Am Essential coalition to advocate against changes that could threaten health care coverage for those we serve. This press release outlines the coalition's concerns about these proposed changes.
Asthma and allergies are among this country’s most common and costly chronic diseases. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America joined with 200 other organizations to urge the Trump administration to ensure that all patients have affordable health insurance coverage and access to quality care and treatment. AAFA co-signed a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, asking that he continue the patient protections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Nearly 10% of children in the U.S. have asthma.¹ About 60% of these children had an asthma attack in the last year, one-half of whom needed emergency care.² Is your child one of them? How can you help get their asthma under control? AAFA is teaming up with Med-IQ, a company that provides continuing medical education to doctors. Together, we’re bringing families an audio-enhanced educational website called Managing Your Child’s Asthma: Ask the Experts . The website offers information about...
Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) met with the Department of Transportation alongside several disability advocacy groups. We discussed service animal regulations and the impact of growing numbers of emotional support animals on airlines. We shared how difficult it is to travel when you have asthma and/or pet dander allergy. We’re working together to ensure people are treated fairly when it comes to disability accommodations—and not privileging one disability type over another.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) met with the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). We spoke with members of their Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings and Consumer Protection Division on behalf of people with asthma and allergies. We shared how critical it is that people with asthma and allergies who have to be on planes with emotional support animals have equal rights.
On June 20, 2017, AAFA met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to ask him to clean our air for those impacted by climate change. We presented him with our Declaration on Climate Change and Health . Climate change is a serious threat to our health, especially to the more vulnerable members of the population. Asthma and allergies rates will continue to rise until we take action against climate change.
The 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR) report identifies states that make it a priority to create healthy school settings for students with asthma and allergies. This annual report lists states with comprehensive laws and policies aimed at keeping children with asthma and allergies healthy at school.
Severe ASTHMA (Asthma Symptoms, Treatment, Health Management and Activities™) Care for Adults is a FREE self-paced course that helps adults and their caregivers learn how to manage severe asthma. It explains severe and uncontrolled asthma, the impact of severe asthma, asthma management plans and severe asthma treatments.
Ozone is a gas that can irritate the lining of the lungs, causing damage. It can reduce lung function and make it harder for you to breathe deeply. Car exhaust, chemicals and industrial facilities create ozone. High temperatures from climate change make ozone worse. Ozone contributes to what we call “smog.” 1 As ozone increases, so do asthma rates. Research has directly linked ozone to asthma attacks. 2 High levels of ozone even affects people with healthy lungs. Unless we take action now to...
By Cary Sennett, MD, PhD AAFA’s president and CEO, Dr. Cary Sennett, wrote these comments in response to a study published this week in the Journal Pediatrics. A study released this week (December 28 th ) by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that there is good news: after years of increase, the prevalence of asthma in children appears to be falling. Why that is so—and whether this is the beginning of a trend, or an anomaly—remains to be...
This spring allergy season marks the 10th anniversary of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. The 60 million Americans with asthma and allergies have learned to trust certified consumer products and services when they see the Certification Mark on a product label. Certified products and services have been tested against strict scientific standards and shown to be suitable for families with asthma o
In 2017, the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program tested and certified many new products to give you more options. When you’re shopping, look for the Certification Program Mark on these new products, as well as our many other products. The mark lets you know you are getting products scientifically proven to be suitable for those with asthma and allergies. You can shop for Certified products by visiting aafa.org/certified or by using our app. Our app is available for both iOS...
What happens when a child has an asthma attack while at school? If they’re lucky, they have asthma rescue medication at school that they can use. Unfortunately, many students do not. For these unlucky students, an asthma attack often means making a trip to the hospital or going home. Why don’t all students who need it have this medication at school? Sometimes they do not have a prescription for it. Other times the problem is money: their parents cannot afford to buy the medicine. Getting a...
People with asthma have more treatment choices than ever before, and the FDA recently announced approval for the readmittance of Primatene Mist – an over-the-counter (OTC) epinephrine inhaler. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions patients to not stop their current asthma treatment nor start taking this OTC option without talking to their health care provider first.
If you’ve never suffered from eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, you probably aren’t aware of the negative impact it can have on quality of life. The severe itching, redness and excessively dry skin all make life miserable for those who suffer from the allergic disease.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Study Shows a Higher Burden of Disease for Patients with Adult- and Late Childhood-Onset Atopic Dermatitis vs. Patients with Early Childhood-Onset Atopic Dermatitis WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2018) - The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today announced data demonstrating a higher burden of disease for patients with adult- and late childhood-onset atopic dermatitis (AD) vs patients with early childhood-onset AD. These results are from...
Asthma and allergies impact one in five children in the United States. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) exhibited at the 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference to learn the latest news in pediatrics and to talk to health care providers about the programs and services we offer.
On behalf of the more than 60 million Americans with asthma and allergies – many of whom depend on life-saving medications – the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) thanks President Trump for including pre-existing conditions and affordable health care in his State of the Union address.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Partners with AHIP’s Coalition for Medicare Choices to Create New Respiratory-Focused Patient Education Resources Landover, M.D. June 6, 2016: Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) unveiled new resources created in collaboration with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC). Throughout May, which was Asthma and Allergy Awareness month, AAFA worked with the CMC’s Medicare Advantage...
Biologics are a new class of drugs that fight disease at the source . Instead of attacking symptoms, these drugs target diseases like asthma at a molecular level. These newer types of drugs are more expensive than older medicines. That is prompting public discussion on how to pay for them. The cost of caring for patients with the most severe forms of asthma represents a majority of asthma healthcare spending. In addition, asthma is a leading cause of missed time from work and school. Last...
Congress just cleared its final fiscal year 2018 spending bill. The bill included $29 million for the National Asthma Control Program (NACP). This program is run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This important action reverses the president's proposed cut of nearly $4 million to the program. And it actually gives a slight increase to the NACP above what the program got in the 2017 fiscal year.
On Sept. 13, 2017, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA includes protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Their goal is to vote on the repeal before Sept. 30, 2017.
This bill, commonly called the Graham-Cassidy bill, could cause millions of Americans to lose health insurance. If passed, health insurance could become unaffordable for people with chronic conditions and low incomes.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services have proposed several cuts to Medicaid benefits including one that affects allergy sufferers. One of the changes proposed is to remove coverage for allergy testing for people on Medicaid. Allergy testing is an important part of diagnosing an allergy. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is accepting public comments about the proposed changes. AAFA encourages constituents to contact Commissioner Stephen Miller...
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...
These are just a few things we were able to do this year for the asthma and allergy community because of you. But there is more for us to do to significantly reduce the burden of these diseases on people with asthma and allergies. And we can with your help.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mylan is discontinuing Aerospan® (80 mcg). Aerospan is a corticosteroid inhaler used for daily asthma maintenance. Mylan notified the FDA on Jan. 26, 2018.
Circassia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on respiratory disease, is pleased to announce that Aetna, one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States, has updated its Exhaled Breath Tests Clinical Policy to include the measurement of exhaled nitric oxide as “medically necessary” for the evaluation of asthma and for monitoring the response to long-term control therapy.
For many people, the health risks posed by indoor air quality can often be significantly higher than outdoor air. Animal dander, pollen, mold, dust mites and fumes released by cooking, burning fuel or cleaning products can all negatively impact your indoor air. One way you can improve your indoor air quality is with a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for an air cleaner.
Lakia Shavon Lightner has vivid memories from her childhood of visits to the emergency room at 2 in the morning. She has had severe asthma and allergies for as long as she can remember. She grew up in Hartford, but now lives in East Hartford, Connecticut, our #13 Asthma Capital for 2019.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this message from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)for people with asthma about a shortage of albuterol metered dose inhalers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is requesting manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. This is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac). The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperature
Allergic disease, including asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages. There is no cure for asthma. The best way to manage asthma is to avoid triggers, take medicines to prevent symptoms and prepare to treat asthma episodes.
Patients should have access to new, life-saving and life-enhancing treatments for asthma and allergies. We are proud to announce: AAFA’s CEO, Dr. Cary Sennett, will be advocating on your behalf to state insurance commissioners. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is the professional association for the regulators within each U.S. state and territory who establish and monitor the standards for healthcare insurance programs. They chose Dr. Sennett to represent the...
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.
I have eczema and seasonal allergies. My doctor wants to do a skin test to see if I should get allergy shots. Can I get allergy shots if I have eczema? Does eczema affect the accuracy of allergy skin test results?
Happy 20th Birthday to the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)! We are thrilled to see that our advocacy efforts are paying off. We applaud the House Appropriations Committee for approving the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2020 today to increase to program funding to $34 million. We hope the Senate will do the same.
Join the MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), for a webinar on how people with asthma and allergies can protect themselves during COVID-19 (the new coronavirus).
Congressmen Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Fred Upton (R-MI), Co-Chairs of the Asthma and Allergy Caucus, joined by Congressmen TJ Cox (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY), Members of Caucus, led 57 Members of the House on a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about shortages of albuterol inhalers, which are critical to effective asthma management.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) with support provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created and launched the Asthma Symptoms, Treatment, Health Management and Activities™ (ASTHMA) Care for Adults program to help patients manage asthma and improve their health. The program covers a full range of topics someone with asthma needs to know.
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