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Your Best Holiday Season Ever!

Published December - 5 - 2013

 

DestressDe-Stress Your Life – The Best Gift of All

Lights sparkle. Cookies bake. Music plays quietly. And conversation flows around the dinner table. The holidays are here – the season for giving, and giving thanks.

The most wonderful time of the year? You can make it so – and asthma and allergies don’t have to get in the way of your holiday celebrations and family traditions, says Andrea Jensen of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Andrea and her children – including two sons in college (living at home) and a teenage daughter in junior high – have asthma. In years past, the hustle, bustle and good cheer of the holiday season has often been accompanied by stress.

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McLEAN, VA, NOV. 13, 2013 – Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) today commended President Obama for signing into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, legislation that helps protect schoolchildren who experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

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Team AANMA: Running On Full!

Published November - 7 - 2013

Jennifer Raley saw the finish line ahead – and felt a sudden burst of energy. “I did it! I did it! I did it!” she cried as she finally completed the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. Overcome with emotion, she fell into the arms of a marine, who placed the coveted Finisher’s Medal around her neck.

Stacey Lyons approached the final stretch of the marathon with her legs and feet aching. Read the rest of this entry »

McLEAN, VA, OCT. 22, 2013 – Five years ago, Tony Cook’s asthma was so severe, his breathing constricted and his chest tight, he had to quit his job to focus on his health. Today, Cook is an avid runner taking aim at a marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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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?

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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.

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