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TonyaInnovationsVIENNA, VA, OCTOBER 20, 2014 – Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization, was featured in the Monday, Oct. 20 episode of “Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr.” on the Discovery Channel.
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Enterovirus-68: What Parents Need to Know

Published October - 8 - 2014

SickChildBy 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 664 cases of EV-68 in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Read the rest of this entry »

Help For Women With Asthma

Published September - 30 - 2014

BF21Women 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, stay away from things that set off their symptoms, and follow the advice of their physician with regard to medication.

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Flu Protection For Adults

Published September - 30 - 2014

fluVacc 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 access. Read the rest of this entry »

CoachA 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 that their asthma was not well controlled and they were having trouble catching their breath.

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Is a 504 Plan Right For Your Child?

Published September - 12 - 2014

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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 Plan evaluation,” says Kathleen McDarby, RN, MPH, project manager with Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Your Emergency Plan?

Published August - 26 - 2014

EmergencyplanHurricanes, 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. Read the rest of this entry »

How Parents, Schools Can Prevent Bullying

Published August - 19 - 2014

ConfidenceEight-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 and food allergies. “The kids know it’s normal for her to carry her medicine,” her mom Jennifer, of Blue Ridge, Ga., says.

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Asthma and Allergies Go to College

Published August - 6 - 2014

ZachLast 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 managed his condition. Read the rest of this entry »

After the Sting

Published August - 1 - 2014

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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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