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Enterovirus-68: What Parents Need to Know

By now you’ve heard about enterovirus-68 (EV-68), the respiratory virus first discovered in California in 1962 that has not posed a health concern in the United States until this year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 277 cases of EV-68 in 40 states.

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Help For Women With Asthma

Women with asthma often face extra difficulty controlling their symptoms due to fluctuating hormones, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), especially during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. CDC says changing estrogen levels can lead to an inflammatory response, so it is important for women to know the warning signs of an attack, […]

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Flu Protection For Adults

Public health officials say that the people hit hardest by flu last year were adults aged 18 to 64 – with that group’s highest flu-related hospitalization rate since 2009. Since those are also the ones least likely to get vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is spreading the word about benefits and easy […]

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‘Put Me In, Coach …’ Helping Athletes With Asthma Play It Safe

A team of 10-year-old boys skated onto the ice rink, hockey sticks in hand. Two minutes later, they returned to the bench for a breather. Several reached for their inhaler, lifted up their mask, and breathed in the medication. The boys repeated this over and over again during the 60-minute hockey game – a sign […]

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Is a 504 Plan Right For Your Child?

The first day of school brings out the jitters in everyone – even parents. If your child has food allergies, your anxieties may be multiplied. You want to ensure your child is safe within the school environment. Is this the time to consider a 504 Plan? “All families have the right to request a 504 […]

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What’s Your Emergency Plan?

Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires tornadoes, flooding – natural disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Their suddenness shouldn’t catch asthma and allergy patients off guard. When natural disasters happen, you may have only precious minutes to grab what you need for a few days, weeks, or longer.

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How Parents, Schools Can Prevent Bullying

Eight-year-old Abigail arrives at school every morning with her green and pink polka-dot medical bag on her shoulder. Inside, she carries her asthma inhaler and an epinephrine auto-injector in case she experiences an allergic reaction to one of her food allergens: eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. Abigail’s fourth-grade classmates are well aware of her asthma […]

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Asthma and Allergies Go to College

Last year, in an article for Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, Andrea Holka wrote about her son Zach’s transition to college at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb., and her feelings of “letting go” as Zach began a new chapter in his life. This year, Zach, who has asthma and egg allergy, discusses how he […]

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After the Sting

For most people stung by a bee, there’s a burning sensation at the sting site followed by a red bump that aches and itches. Other people may experience more serious reactions – widespread swelling, hives, shortness of breath, fainting or worse.

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How USAnaphylaxis™ Summits Inspire Change

Mark Holbreich, MD, left last year’s USAnaphylaxis™ Summit in Washington, D.C., inspired to make a real difference in the lives of schoolchildren with life-threatening allergies. He returned to Indianapolis and immediately started calling colleagues.