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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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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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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 »