Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is concerned about the increasing “do-it-yourself” trend that treats allergy and asthma patients more like piggy banks than people with serious health concerns. A recent story in USA Today about home allergy tests is a case in point. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »