Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

‘All Articles’

Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Published October - 10 - 2013

What the New Healthcare Law Means For Allergy & Asthma Patients

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, provides new options for health insurance coverage.

What does the law mean to parents, caregivers and patients with allergies and asthma? Many details are still being ironed out through Read the rest of this entry »

AANMA Hosts First-Ever USAnaphylaxis™ Summit

Published October - 7 - 2013

Collaborative communities of support. Improved strategies for people with life-threatening allergies. Greater awareness of anaphylaxis. And patient healthcare decisions based on facts, not fear.

These were among the central themes at the first USAnaphylaxis™ Summit, hosted by Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C.  Read the rest of this entry »

McLean, VA, Sept. 16, 2013  – Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) today announced that Nancy Sander, president and founder, has retired after 28 years serving as the nation’s premier allergy and asthma patient advocate.

“It’s been an incredibly fulfilling and always unexpected journey,” says Sander. “I’ve been blessed more than I can ever express and cherish every moment I’ve spent with families, medical care providers, sponsors, members of Congress, federal and state agencies, other advocates, staff and our board of directors because ultimately, working together, we’ve made a world of difference!” Read the rest of this entry »

McLEAN, VA, AUG. 9, 2013 – Perfect attendance is a real challenge for schoolchildren with asthma and allergies. Even so, many doctors, school nurses and parents believe it’s well within reach for the millions of children heading back to school with these conditions.

Read the rest of this entry »

Full Potential With EIB

Published August - 1 - 2013

AANMA Exclusive Interview with Apolo Anton Ohno

Apolo Anton Ohno was diagnosed with exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) in 2000. After his diagnosis, he became the most decorated American winter athlete in history. Apolo twice competed on “Dancing With the Stars,” winning once, and in 2011 he ran the New York City Marathon in 3 hours, 25 minutes.

AAT: What did you initially think caused your breathing difficulty during and after exercise?

Read the rest of this entry »

Mikki Hebl eyed the faces and hands of each person as she skirted the picturesque streets of Lausanne, Switzerland. A spy? No. She’s an industrial psychologist from Rice University in Houston, traveling on business. She‘s watching for smokers because she has asthma that’s set off by cigarette smoke.

“I seemed to be dodging every other person on the street because each time I inhale smoke, it makes me react just a little bit more and more,” she says.

Read the rest of this entry »

Scout’s Honor: Anaphylaxis Awareness!

Published July - 25 - 2013

Inclusive. Supportive. Respecting boundaries. Responsibility for what we say and do.

These are all words and phrases to describe how to be a good friend. They’re also valuable life lessons that Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Daisy Scout Troop 636 learned during a recent troop meeting about being kind and considerate to people with life-threatening food allergies.

Read the rest of this entry »

Take the Bite Out of Insect Stings

Published July - 25 - 2013

McLean, VA, July 24, 2013 – Lazy, hazy days of summer may bring relaxation and recreation for many – but for insects in our midst, it’s time to pick up the pace, build nests and reproduce. And woe to those who get in the way of their stingers!

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), the leading patient education organization for people with allergies, asthma and anaphylaxis, offers five tips for families seeking fun in the summer sun.

Read the rest of this entry »

FDA and Nasal Sprays

Published July - 18 - 2013

Do you – or someone in your family – use a corticosteroid nasal spray?

On July 31, AANMA released results of our recent survey regarding patient use of intranasal corticosteroid sprays. Findings were shared during the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nonprescription Drug Advisory Committee meeting considering the switch of triamcinolone nasal spray from prescription to over-the-counter status.

Read the rest of this entry »

Organizations launch interactive tool to support volunteer networks and state laws protecting students with life-threatening allergies

July 1, 2013 – McLean, VA – Today, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) and Anaphylaxis Community Experts across the country launch the USAnaphylaxis™ Map, an interactive web tool tracking the progress of state laws regarding emergency anaphylaxis preparedness plans in schools. Read the rest of this entry »