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.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined with Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) to create the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. This program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. We test household products against strict standards. If products pass our tests, they earn the asthma & allergy friendly® mark.
April 3, 2017, Landover, MD – Today, the Board of Directors of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announces the departure of Dr. Cary Sennett, MD, PhD, FACP. “It is with extreme gratitude that I thank Dr. Sennett for his service to the asthma and allergy community,” said Board Chair, Heidi Bayer. “Dr. Sennett helped us create a vision for the future of AAFA which puts our constituents in the forefront of every program and policy decision with a goal of helping them to live a lif
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
April 29 – May 3 is Air Quality Awareness Week , sponsored by the NOAA National Weather Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s theme is “Check the AQI & Get Outside” to encourage everyone to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) regularly. Today’s focus is “Air Quality Around the World.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 91% of the world breathes polluted...
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...
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.
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.
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...
It’s well established that secondhand smoke from cigarettes is a risk to anyone who suffers from asthma. New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting shows it’s possible for both children and adults with uncontrolled asthma to find their symptoms worsening due to cannabis allergy and exposure to marijuana smoke.
If the thought of sucking your baby’s pacifier to clean it and then popping it in your baby’s mouth grosses you out, think again. New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting suggests a link between parental sucking on a pacifier and a lower allergic response among young children.
On Feb. 27, 2020, Senator Cory Booker and Representative Katherine Clark introduced the Clean Air, Sharp Minds Act. The proposed act would give schools a three-year grant to help them improve indoor air quality (IAQ) . The grant would allow schools in high pollution areas or that pose a severe health and safety threat to install commercial air filters. This program would be managed by the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These grants aim to: Improve the...
U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, was joined by 32 Senators in introducing legislation that would put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been fighting to save lives for nearly 70 years. With your support, we provide education, conduct patient-centered research and advocate for protections for our community. Our experience and strong community ties allowed us to take prompt action on the COVID-19 crisis . Thanks to your generous support, we are leading the fight against COVID-19 for people with asthma and allergies. But we need your help to continue to provide COVID-19...
Does your state allow schools to stock quick-relief medicines for asthma? Quick-relief medicines , such as albuterol, act fast to relax tight muscles around your airways. This allows the airways to open up so air can flow through them. Congress is considering a law to encourage states to permit these “ albuterol stocking ” school policies . The School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act builds upon a similar law that encourages states to require schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors.
If you’ve ever benefited from immunotherapy (allergy shots, SLIT or oral immunotherapy), you can thank Dr. Philip Sidney Norman. Dr. Norman put allergy research on the map. He is known as the “father of modern immunotherapy for allergic disease” and even coined the term “allergen immunotherapy.” As an allergist and researcher for more than 50 years, he published 237 research papers and more than 100 book chapters and reviews. And for many decades, he was an important part of AAFA.
Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-16), Fred Upton (R-MI-06), Pete King (R-NY-02) and TJ Cox (D-CA-21), all members of the House Asthma and Allergy Caucus, have introduced legislation to honor Elijah E. Cummings’ long-time advocacy for those living with asthma. The Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act would expand federal, state, and local efforts to improve care for individuals with asthma.
Asthma is the main reason why children miss school. In fact, children in the U.S. miss about 13.8 million school days each year due to asthma. Missing school can affect many children's grades and well-being. Controlling asthma triggers at home can help reduce asthma symptoms. But what about at school? If kids are exposed to triggers at school, managing asthma at home will be a losing battle. Children are the most affected by air pollution and poor indoor air quality. The Asthma and Allergy...
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $8.7 million to replace or retrofit 452 older diesel school buses. The funds are going to 141 school bus fleets in 32 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Kids With Food Allergies for a back-to-school Facebook chat. Attorney, author and food allergy advocate Laurel Francoeur, Esq., will answer your questions on how to send your child with asthma and food allergies back to school with the right accommodations to keep them safe.
As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency is reminding consumers to be wary of unapproved products claiming to prevent, treat or cure influenza, or flu. This year’s severe flu season raises new concerns about the potential for consumers to be lured into buying unproven flu treatments, and even worse, buying counterfeit antivirals online from websites that appear to be legitimate online pharmacies.
Welcome to your February advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I am pictured above with AAFA board member Renuka Babu Brown and Senator Ed Markey's (D-MA) policy advisor Adam Axler. Over-the-Counter Drug Access and Cleaner Cars Rollbacks AAFA and other members of the Healthy Choices Coalition met with Representative Judy Chu's office. We asked her to co-sponsor the Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019...
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) joined Moms Clean Air Force on July 11, 2018, to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change. The Play-In for Climate Action was held on the National Mall. Hundreds of parents and their children from across the U.S. participated in the event to draw attention to the harmful effects of air pollution . Studies show that air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms. Climate change also creates longer and heavier pollen seasons. A...
The Trump Administration released a final rule expanding the scope and applicability of association health plans (AHPs). The Department of Labor’s rule implements President Trump’s October 2017 executive order which directed agencies to change existing regulations to provide consumers with more options for health care coverage.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) hosted a webinar on Thursday, March 30, 2017, about Health Insurance 101 for People with Asthma and Allergies. Watch video on YouTube Our guest speaker was Prue Fitzpatrick, MPH, a member of the Board of Directors for AAFA. She has a background in health care policy, having been involved with recent health reform policy development and implementation, as well as experience working within the insurance industry. Ms. Fitzpatrick discussed:...
To mark World Asthma Day, Representatives Eliot L. Engel (NY-16) and Fred Upton (MI-6) have introduced a bipartisan House Resolution designating the month of May as “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.”
The air we breathe is one of the greatest threats to our respiratory health. Millions of people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution. Air pollution affects children the most. Evidence links air pollution to preterm births, underdeveloped lungs, reduced lung function and asthma. In the U.S., of the 25 million who have asthma, 10 die every day.
On July 11, 2018, moms and their children will host the fifth annual Play-In for Climate Action. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) will join Moms Clean Air Force on the U.S. Capital Grounds in Washington, D.C., to support action against climate change. The family-friendly event will have kids’ activities, music and speakers.
With the current spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and around the world, many people with asthma wonder how it would affect them if they got the illness. There is a lot we still don't know about this illness. Dr. Mitchell Grayson, the chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) Medical Scientific Council, wrote this article for our blog about what we do know at this time. There have been many questions about how having asthma affects your risk of getting...
We hosted a free educational webinar featuring guest speakers David Stukus, MD, and Michael Pistiner, MD on the Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) site. KFA is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The presentation below answers common questions about how your allergist can help with back-to-school planning.
Recently, the government has cut funds for research. These cuts will affect all of us, especially those with asthma and allergies. On April 14, 2018, supporters will attend the March for Science. The purpose of the March for Science is to encourage public officials to pass evidence-based policies that benefit all people. The main march will occur in Washington, D.C. And more than 230 satellite events will occur around the world.
Our current clean car standards have gone a long way to improve our air quality. But pollution and ozone levels are still an issue, contributing to climate change, asthma symptoms and overall asthma rates. Studies are showing more and more how bad air pollution affects our health . More improvements are needed. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) want to roll back these clean car standards through The Safer Affordable...
Welcome to our first monthly advocacy update. My name is Jenna Riemenschneider, Director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I'm pictured above with Mark Vieth, Senior Vice President at Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, at a meeting with Airlines for America.
Through this monthly blog series, I will update you on our advocacy efforts. We have already had a busy fall. This first post will include our September and October activity.
Has the increase in pets on planes made travel difficult for you or family members with asthma or allergies? Have you had to change travel plans or leave a plane because of animals on your flight? Have you had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction on a flight because of sharing a cabin with animals? If so, we encourage you to share your story with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). They are asking for public comments on pets on planes.
Last year’s top Asthma Capital, Springfield, Massachusetts, is again the most challenging place in the U.S. to live with asthma. To get a better understanding of the asthma problem there, we talked with a local family, senator, allergist and city councilor.
Controlled burns are often used to help reduce and contain wildfires, but it turns out which burn is occurring can actually have an effect on your health, according to research presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
If you’ve suffered with severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) for a long time and have tried what you think is every available option for relief, you may want to consider allergy shots. A medically-challenging case being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found that allergy shots provided significant benefits to the eczema symptoms suffered by a 48-year-old man.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports a five-year re-authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) without offsetting cuts (pay-fors) to other programs that benefit children. CHIP is a bipartisan success story that should be celebrated. The program was created in 1997 and has been championed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle since its beginning.
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