Tagged With "Asthma Action Plan"

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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.” 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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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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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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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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Brace Yourselves: The Biggest Week for Asthma Attacks Is Coming

AAFA Community Services ·
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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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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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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The Flu Is Serious Business

AAFA Community Services ·
Have you ever heard, “It’s just the flu”? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It’s more than “just” a minor illness, especially if you have asthma.
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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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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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Share These Asthma and Allergy Awareness Images to Spread Awareness

AAFA Community Services ·
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

AAFA Community Services ·
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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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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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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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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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: September Asthma Epidemic

CarolineWard ·
Thanks for this wonderful and knowledgeable post.
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Early Warning Signs of an Asthma Attack

Kathy P ·
Early Warning Signs of an Asthma Attack
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Understanding the Lungs and How We Breathe

Kathy P ·
Understanding the Lungs and How We Breathe
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Knowing and Treating Your Early Warning Asthma Signs Can Reduce the Need for Emergency Room Visits

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know you may be able to tell when an asthma episode or attack is about to start before you have trouble breathing? Knowing your early warning signs (or mild symptoms) can be helpful so you can begin asthma treatment as soon as possible.
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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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Hurricanes: Weathering the Storm if You Have Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
We are currently in the peak of hurricane season, which goes from June 1 to Nov. 31. While preparing for a possible storm, people with asthma need to take extra precautions to reduce chances of an asthma episode or attack.
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Protect Yourself During Asthma Peak Week: Tips to Help You Avoid Asthma Episodes

AAFA Community Services ·
It's best to start preparing for Asthma Peak Week weeks, even months in advance. But now that it's here, there are still ways you can protect yourself. An article by Forbes, "It’s Asthma Peak Week — Here’s How to Get Ready," offers some tips to stay healthy.
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For People With Asthma, the Danger of “Peak Week” Is Here

AAFA Community Services ·
Peter DeMarco of Boston, Massachusetts, lost his wife, Laura Levis, to asthma during Asthma Peak Week in 2016. In the essay below, Peter shares Laura's story, as well as some facts about Asthma Peak Week. If you have asthma, taking precautions can help prevent asthma episodes, attacks and hospitalizations in September.
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Understanding Warning Signs of an Asthma Attack

AAFA Community Services ·
Please watch this video and answer the following questions. Your responses are anonymous. By answering these questions, you are participating in asthma research! If you have asthma, you should know the signs of a severe asthma attack and asthma zones. Learn what to look for and when to seek emergency medical help. Watch video on YouTube Watch the next video in this series - Understanding Asthma Triggers
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Understanding Asthma Treatments

AAFA Community Services ·
Please watch this video and answer the following questions. Your responses are anonymous. By answering these questions, you are participating in asthma research! A proper treatment plan created by you and your doctor can help you manage your asthma. This can include medicines, avoiding triggers and following an Asthma Action Plan. Discover types of asthma medicines used to treat asthma and how your involvement in research can improve asthma treatment. Watch video on YouTube Watch the next...
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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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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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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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AAFA, Med-IQ Introduce Managing Your Child’s Asthma: Ask the Experts

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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Understanding Asthma and How Patients Can Guide Research (Full-Length)

AAFA Community Services ·
Please watch this video and answer the following questions. Your responses are anonymous. By answering these questions, you are participating in asthma research! This video compilation is 37:20 long and includes all of our project's episodes in one video. If you would rather watch shorter episodes, find them on Why Patient Engagement in Asthma Research Is Important . As you watch the video series, take notes using the Asthma Patient-Centered Research Training Guide . Watch video on YouTube
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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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AAFA Explains: Can Vitamin D Help My Asthma?

AAFA Community Services ·
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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Keep Kids With Allergies and Asthma Safe This Halloween

AAFA Community Services ·
Halloween means crisp fall air, pumpkins and trick-or-treating. But for adults and kids who manage asthma and allergies, even the best parts of Halloween – like treats, costumes and decorations – can be frightful triggers. Knowing how to avoid triggers can reduce stress and minimize the chances of a food allergy reaction or an asthma attack. Here are our tips to make your Halloween safer. Know What Is Safe to Eat For most kids, Halloween is all about treats and candy! For kids with food...
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4 Things You Must Know About the Flu If You Have Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
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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