“This proposal from EPA and NHTSA would dismantle fair, achievable pollution limits with a track record of success, limits that will help protect Americans from the life-threatening health impacts of climate change. The proposal would also preempt the ability of states to protect the health of their residents by curbing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. If these vehicle standards are weakened, the nation loses a crucial tool to fight climate change."
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wants you to get involved with us during May 2016 for Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Bring attention to the issues surrounding allergic diseases and the challenges of asthma. We make it easy: 13 Ways to Take Action for People with Asthma and Allergies You can make a difference for people living with asthma and allergies. We list 13 things for you to do, including joining our Advocacy Network , meeting us in St. Louis for Strides for Safe Kids...
Thanks to your efforts, 18 senators signed onto a “Dear Colleague” letter requesting support for a $30-million appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a leading patient advocacy organization in the United States representing nearly 61 million Americans who experience asthma or allergies, released its annual Spring Allergy Capitals™ report. The report identifies the 100 most challenging places to live with spring allergies in the U.S. Jackson, MS is the most challenging U.S. city to live for the second year in a row based on higher than average pollen scores, higher than average...
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.
Ragweed and other fall allergens are found throughout the U.S., but some areas feel the effects more than others. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2018 Fall Allergy Capitals™ report.
As many in the U.S. put away their winter coats, they pull out the allergy medicines. The onslaught of pollen that comes each spring affects millions of Americans with seasonal allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2018 Spring Allergy Capitals™ report that ranks the top 100 cities in the nation for spring allergies
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2019 Spring Allergy Capitals™ report to look at why some locations are more affected than others. Our report ranks the top 100 cities in the nation for spring allergies.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) 2020 Allergy Capitals™ report is now available. This report ranks the top 100 most challenging cities in the continental United States to live in with seasonal allergies. AAFA combines data from both spring and fall to create a ranking of the top 100 cities based on: Pollen counts Allergy medicine use Number of board-certified allergists available The report also includes a breakdown of seasonal rankings of the top cities for both spring...
Asthma feels like an anaconda wrapping around your chest. Every breath hurts and panic sets in. – Kathy, Community Director for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), training for a half century (50-mile) bike ride These words used to describe the experience with asthma paint a vivid picture. Despite these moments gasping for air and waiting for the next breath, there are those who conquer great physical challenges. Here are three of their stories. Kathy Przywara, Community...
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...
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...
Valentine's Day is the time of year when you show your loved ones how much they mean to you. However, many typical gifts and activities can be asthma or allergy triggers. #TealLove means choosing gifts that are allergy and asthma friendly.
June 19, 2017 As leading public health, patient advocacy, nursing and medical organizations, we reiterate our longstanding commitment to addressing climate change as a public health issue. The statement below articulates our consensus on the health impacts of climate change and the need for action to protect the public’s health. The health impacts of climate change demand immediate action. The science is clear ; communities across the nation are experiencing the health impacts of climate...
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has created a series of videos for teens with asthma who will be starting college or are in their first year. Each animated video is short and easy to understand.
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.
Congress is rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a plan in place to ensure Americans will continue to have access to the insurance they need to stay healthy. Learn how to take action.
Notice any small cats and dogs riding the rails on Amtrak recently? One of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Facebook fans did. The person told us about a recent policy change, writing: This obviously poses a huge health risk to children and adults with pet allergies, some of which may be severe or even life-threatening. Amtrak isn't even reserving a single car to be designated as pet-free, not even the quiet car. Would the AAFA be willing to send a letter to Amtrak illustrating...
AAFA applauds the warning the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued to American Airlines in response to American Airline’s denial of the right to pre-board a family of a child with food allergies. However, AAFA calls on the USDOT and Congress to take even stronger actions to protect the rights of airline passengers with allergies and all disabilities.
Walgreens and kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, are working together to improve access to epinephrine auto-injectors by making kaléo’s AUVI-Q® available through Walgreens locations nationwide. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) applauds this effort to help thousands of Americans with their epinephrine needs during the back to school season, as supply issues have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by other manufacturers.
[Press Release] PR Contact: Adam Bailine, Vice President, Marketing & Communications (202) 466-7643, ext. 254 email@example.com AAFA Co-Sponsored Report Provides Recommendations for Food Allergy Research, Treatment, and Policy With support from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine releases a monumental report that makes recommendations to increase our understanding of and approaches to food allergies November...
If you are one of the 50 million Americans living with allergies, you’re probably familiar with the tell-tale signs of allergies, such as sneezing, itchy nose, and watery eyes. But do you know what causes these symptoms? Let’s start at the beginning. An allergy is a disease of the immune system. The body’s immune system receives input from the environment and produces a response. Its purpose is to recognize and attack foreign invaders, such as bacteria and parasites. An allergy occurs when...
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions parents raising children with food allergies that some scenes in the newly-released “Peter Rabbit” film may be disturbing for young viewers with food allergies. In the film, a character with a known food allergy to blackberries is attacked with them. This leads to a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis and the need to use a lifesaving injection of the drug epinephrine.
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.
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).
Manufacturing and insurance issues have made it hard for many members of our community to fill their prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors in recent months. But the drug epinephrine itself is not in short supply. This has become a serious concern for families of children with life-threatening food allergies. When families who manage food allergies are in fear for their children's lives because they can't get the medicine they need, our system is broken.
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...
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.
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...
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.
The FDA issued a proposed guidance titled “Insanitary Conditions at Compounding Facilities: Guidance for Industry”. It would likely limit the ability of doctors to provide allergy shots in their offices. The proposed guidance applies to any facility, including doctor offices, that prepares sterile compounds. This includes allergy shots for immunotherapy. AAFA urges you to contact your members of Congress and tell them that you oppose the FDA Guidance. TAKE ACTION NOW Tell Congress it will...
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announces the election of Dr. Richard K. Murray, MD, FACP, as the new board chair. Dr. Murray has served as a leader on AAFA’s board of directors since 2016.
Because of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic, we are facing a challenging and unprecedented time. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection, and the nearly 25 million Americans with asthma are at high risk for complications from the virus. As the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, this has the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) deeply concerned for your health and well-being.
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