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Archive for April, 2013

Patients, Not Piggy Banks!

Published April - 24 - 2013

Feeling more and more like the nation’s healthcare piggy bank? Shaken, pinched and poked at every turn? No wonder! The Kaiser Foundation reports insurance premiums soared a whopping 131 percent in the last decade. Commercial insurance and government payers are shifting healthcare costs onto consumers faster than Farmer Dell can ring the dinner bell. And to some enterprising allergy and asthma businesses, that spells opportunity!

Don’t go running wee, wee, wheezing all the way home! We’ve got work to do! Read the rest of this entry »

Locally Grown: A Little Dirt Never Hurt

Published April - 24 - 2013

It’s spring! Plant a little happiness in your backyard or in containers on the front steps this year.

Start with a packet of seeds or a six-pack of your favorite herbs and veggies from the garden center. Buy lush, healthy specimens, plant in good soil, add water and tend according to directions. Read the rest of this entry »

DIY Asthma?

Published April - 24 - 2013
In March 2012, the Food and Drug Administration held a pubic hearing in which Janet Woodcock, MD, Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, posed the following questions: Should there be more flexibility in FDA’s concept of non-prescription drugs? Can FDA broaden the assistance that a consumer gets, for example, Read the rest of this entry »

Shots to Drops?

Published April - 24 - 2013
Traditional immunotherapy – allergy shots – are effective against numerous pollens, dust mites, animal dander, insect venom, and more. Another therapy – sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT – which uses drops under the tongue instead of shots, shows promise, according to JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the rest of this entry »

State anaphylaxis emergency preparedness laws are changing nationwide to ensure schools have policies in place to address situations in which a student is suddenly found in the throes of an attack without an epinephrine auto-injector. But not all school districts have updated their policies or are aware when discrepancies exist.

With anaphylaxis, rapid treatment saves lives. Delay of treatment while figuring out what to do or which policy to follow can result in death, which is exactly what prompted Sandra Lawinger, RN, school district nurse, Glen Ellyn, Ill. to take action. Read the rest of this entry »

Apolo Anton Ohno Is Coming to AADCH!

Published April - 18 - 2013


Every time Apolo Anton Ohno took to the ice in the summer of 2000, the symptoms returned: tightness in his chest, intense coughing, difficulty breathing.

He attributed it to lack of conditioning – certainly nothing to see a doctor about, or so he thought. Symptoms only worsened and it took him longer to recover after a workout.

It was a critical juncture in Ohno’s career as one of America’s top short-track speed skaters. He was training for the 2002 Winter Games when respiratory tests during 9-lap time trials revealed a significant drop-off in his breathing capacity.

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Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill 2013

Published April - 16 - 2013


MAY 9, 2013 – JOIN US!!

Congressional Briefing, 9-10 am, Rm B338, Rayburn House Office Building — “Evidence-Based Asthma and Anaphylaxis Care Saves Lives and Money”
See speakers here
Guest Speaker: Apolo Anton Ohno

Allergy & Asthma Health Fair, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, Rayburn Foyer (first floor)
Free asthma and allergy screenings/interactive anaphylaxis and EIB demonstrations/”Bike Buddies” gifts for kids

Program Details

It’s no secret: Allergy and asthma families embrace solutions that offer freedom from symptoms, eliminate needless hardships and reduce wasteful spending.


In fact, we don’t accept bland very well. We are motivated to use whatever tools we can in order to get where we want to be when we want to be there. That’s exactly what “My Personal Allergy & Asthma Guide” delivers. Read the rest of this entry »