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Allergy-Safe On Halloween? Happy Haunting

Published October - 30 - 2014

HappyHauntingHalloween is just around the corner and your child is no doubt eager to scare up a memorable costume and go out trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, Halloween can be hazardous for kids – and grown-ups, too – with asthma and allergies, putting them at risk for an asthma flare-up or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction to food or latex. Read the rest of this entry »

Will Medication Errors Increase?

Published October - 30 - 2014

MedicationMistakesMedication mistakes involving young children occur all too frequently, and health care officials believe greater education is needed to ensure caregivers administer proper doses and consult a doctor as necessary.

This will be even more important if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves more allergy and asthma medications for over-the-counter (OTC) status. Read the rest of this entry »

Enterovirus-68: What Parents Need to Know

Published October - 23 - 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.

As of Oct. 23, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 973 cases of EV-68 in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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