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How to Baby Your Skin

Published July - 2 - 2014

EczemaSummertime tips for taming eczema

When Beth’s eczema flares, she gets itchy red blotches on the backs of her arms – and sometimes from nose to cheek. “Just the left side,” she says. “Never on the right. This month, I’ve got a dime-size spot on my hand that won’t go away.”

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An ACE Advocate Says: ‘Get Involved!’

Published June - 24 - 2014

Rafeeq“This bill will save lives.”

M. Razi Rafeeq, MD, a board-certified allergist and Anaphylaxis Community Expert (ACE) from Toledo, Ohio, recently testified before the Ohio House Education Committee in support of HB 296, legislation that allows schools to stock auto-injectable epinephrine to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis.

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OfficeVIENNA, VA, JUNE 2, 2014 – You’re back at work after a relaxing vacation, and by noon your head aches and the nagging cough returns. Is it stress? A virus? Or could you be allergic to something in the office?

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Safe Travels

Published May - 22 - 2014

SafeTravelsCareful Planning Can Go a Long Way

 – Wherever Your Destination

When Diane, a 22-year-old graduate student at the University of Maryland, packed for a three-week study abroad course in Morocco last winter, she never thought she would need an epinephrine auto-injector.

Diane figured she had long outgrown her food allergies. She hadn’t had an allergic reaction to peanut since 2000 – when she was 9 years old.

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BreatheFreeWomen have a higher asthma prevalence than men, according to numerous studies. Why? Women with asthma have unique issues affecting their airways including hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menstrual cycles.

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Melting Away Allergies

Published May - 15 - 2014

womanFieldPeople allergic to grass or ragweed – two common seasonal allergies in the U.S. – now have a new treatment option: immunotherapy tablets that dissolve under your tongue.

Allergy immunotherapy gradually builds a person’s tolerance to specific allergens by exposing the patient to ever-increasing doses over a period of time – eventually reducing or eliminating symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

CSP2U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) envisions a day when people say, “There once was a disease called asthma.” She sees a time in the not-too-distant future when parents tell kids, “People actually used to die from eating peanut butter.”

What will it take to reach that day? A renewed emphasis on medical research, patient education, high-quality and ethical care, federal and community programs – and most of all, a commitment to patient safety. Read the rest of this entry »

FDA Agenda Addresses OTC Medications

Published May - 4 - 2014

FDA_logoAllergy and asthma medications are at the forefront of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agenda this year as the agency considers moving more drugs from prescription to over-the-counter (OTC) status.

Two medications recently considered were Nasacort®, the corticosteroid nasal spray approved for OTC use in late 2013, and Primatene HFA, an OTC asthma bronchodilator still under consideration at this time.

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RxCardVIENNA, VA, MAY 2, 2014 – Patients and families with asthma, allergies and other health conditions now have access to a simple and free Prescription Assistance Program through Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) offering savings of up to 75 percent on prescription medications, both brand and generic. Read the rest of this entry »

Breathe Easy At Asthma Camp

Published April - 30 - 2014

AsthmaCampAsthma camps offer children the opportunity to participate in fun, summer activities — scavenger hunts, swimming, rock climbing and more – while in a medically safe environment.

Research shows that children who attend an asthma camp have better asthma control the following year, are more likely to use daily preventive medication, and are 33 percent less likely to be hospitalized.

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