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Allergy and Asthma Day Capitol Hill

Published April - 25 - 2014

May 6-7, 2014

Join Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) on Capitol Hill as we gather patients, families and health care professionals to talk with Congress in support of our common goal — to end the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions.

Make plans to attend — and be the voice of change!

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Deception And Fraud In Allergy Care

Published April - 23 - 2014

FraudAllergy testing and immunotherapy schemes continue to pop up in primary care practices across the country, exposing patients and families to substandard diagnosis and treatment as well as raising the potential for fraud.

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Volunteer2 VIENNA, VA, APRIL 11, 2014 – In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), a leading nonprofit patient education organization, applauds its many volunteers and advocates who dedicate their time, expertise and passion to help people with allergies and asthma.

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Advocating For Students With Food Allergies

Published April - 4 - 2014

LencsakEvery morning at Hollis Primary School, Ellen Lencsak, RN, visits “nut-safe classrooms” to check lunch boxes that students have brought to school. If she finds any food that has peanuts or tree nuts in it, or is processed in a facility that uses nuts of any kind, it is sent home and the school provides an alternative lunch or snack. Read the rest of this entry »

Latex Allergy’s Link To Food

Published April - 4 - 2014

FoodLatex“Latex allergy is serious and increasingly common,” says Maeve O’Connor, MD, board-certified allergist from Charlotte, N.C. Most at risk are health care workers, children with spina bifida and others exposed to latex through multiple medical procedures or surgeries.

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Family2VIENNA, VA, MARCH 21, 2014 – Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), a leading nonprofit patient education organization, is partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to improve childhood asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis care nationwide.

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Epi In the ER

Published March - 20 - 2014

epiERFirst come the hives … just a little rash on the cheek. Then a tingly sensation in the mouth … and a cough. Were there nuts in that cookie? Is this an allergic reaction? Anaphylaxis?

You don’t want to take a chance, so you call 911 or go directly to the local hospital emergency room (ER).

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The Allergy-Eczema Connection

Published March - 4 - 2014

EczemaLotionBy John Lee, MD

If your child has ever had a severe eczema flare-up, you are familiar with the inflamed, dry, thickened skin and constant, intense itching and scratching. Fortunately there are ways to ease symptoms.

An estimated 30 percent of the U.S. population experience eczema symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Read the rest of this entry »

Protected From the Flu – But For How Long?

Published February - 20 - 2014

flu1Flu season is at its peak in February, and it’s expected to last well into the spring months. This season has been particularly bad – according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), flu deaths have risen dramatically since mid-January, especially among young and middle-aged adults and children.

The most common virus this year is H1N1, responsible for the global pandemic in 2009.

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Proposed Asthma Inhalers Puts Patients at Risk

Published February - 20 - 2014

PrimateneVIENNA, VA, FEB. 19, 2014 – An over-the-counter (OTC) asthma inhaler up for approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) endangers patients by encouraging substandard treatment, according to Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization.

On Feb. 25, FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and Read the rest of this entry »