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Summertime Tips for Easy Breathing

Published June - 12 - 2013

Controlling humidity is a breeze – literally

Summer heat goes hand-in-hand with humidity – but it doesn’t have to dampen your spirits or take your breath away. Leading nonprofit patient education Read the rest of this entry »

Federal government sequestration cuts have begun. Sequestration is the employment of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts in the face of annual budget deficits. As members of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, we (AANMA) have concluded that the FDA’s public health responsibilities cannot be accomplished with its existing budget, particularly post-sequestration. Read the rest of this entry »

Making An Impact On Capitol Hill

Published May - 23 - 2013


Are you paying more and getting less for your healthcare dollars? Patients’ rights to routine medical care are increasingly in doubt – all in an effort to save money in our overburdened healthcare system. Truth is, asthma, allergy and anaphylaxis require professional medical care – these are NOT do-it-yourself diseases.

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Colorado Springs Anaphylaxis Marathon Man

Published May - 23 - 2013

Turns out you can go home again.

Eric L. Caplan, MD, FACAAI, FAAP, grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo. His medical training took him east to Virginia, then Indiana and finally Georgia, but he always wanted to return home. He joined Colorado Springs Allergy & Asthma Clinic in 2004.

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Patients, Not Piggy Banks!

Published April - 24 - 2013

Feeling more and more like the nation’s healthcare piggy bank? Shaken, pinched and poked at every turn? No wonder! The Kaiser Foundation reports insurance premiums soared a whopping 131 percent in the last decade. Commercial insurance and government payers are shifting healthcare costs onto consumers faster than Farmer Dell can ring the dinner bell. And to some enterprising allergy and asthma businesses, that spells opportunity!

Don’t go running wee, wee, wheezing all the way home! We’ve got work to do! Read the rest of this entry »

Locally Grown: A Little Dirt Never Hurt

Published April - 24 - 2013

It’s spring! Plant a little happiness in your backyard or in containers on the front steps this year.

Start with a packet of seeds or a six-pack of your favorite herbs and veggies from the garden center. Buy lush, healthy specimens, plant in good soil, add water and tend according to directions. Read the rest of this entry »

DIY Asthma?

Published April - 24 - 2013
In March 2012, the Food and Drug Administration held a pubic hearing in which Janet Woodcock, MD, Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, posed the following questions: Should there be more flexibility in FDA’s concept of non-prescription drugs? Can FDA broaden the assistance that a consumer gets, for example, Read the rest of this entry »

Shots to Drops?

Published April - 24 - 2013
Traditional immunotherapy – allergy shots – are effective against numerous pollens, dust mites, animal dander, insect venom, and more. Another therapy – sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT – which uses drops under the tongue instead of shots, shows promise, according to JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the rest of this entry »

State anaphylaxis emergency preparedness laws are changing nationwide to ensure schools have policies in place to address situations in which a student is suddenly found in the throes of an attack without an epinephrine auto-injector. But not all school districts have updated their policies or are aware when discrepancies exist.

With anaphylaxis, rapid treatment saves lives. Delay of treatment while figuring out what to do or which policy to follow can result in death, which is exactly what prompted Sandra Lawinger, RN, school district nurse, Glen Ellyn, Ill. to take action. Read the rest of this entry »

Apolo Anton Ohno Is Coming to AADCH!

Published April - 18 - 2013


Every time Apolo Anton Ohno took to the ice in the summer of 2000, the symptoms returned: tightness in his chest, intense coughing, difficulty breathing.

He attributed it to lack of conditioning – certainly nothing to see a doctor about, or so he thought. Symptoms only worsened and it took him longer to recover after a workout.

It was a critical juncture in Ohno’s career as one of America’s top short-track speed skaters. He was training for the 2002 Winter Games when respiratory tests during 9-lap time trials revealed a significant drop-off in his breathing capacity.

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