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How to Navigate Restaurants With Latex Allergy

Published January - 2 - 2015

latex_safeDining out is meant to be festive and relaxing, not a burden or a time where worry zaps your energy trying to stay safe.

For individuals with latex allergy, the challenge at restaurants is threefold. First, kitchen staff may use latex products such as gloves while preparing food. Second, a variety of foods have cross reactivity with latex proteins (termed Latex-Fruit Syndrome) that can induce anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. Third, if you see latex balloons for parties or in banquet rooms, exit immediately. Only Mylar® balloons are safe. Read the rest of this entry »

E-Cigarettes: What We Know … And Don’t Know

Published December - 11 - 2014

EcigElectronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes), a $2.5 billion industry, are getting a lot of media coverage lately and e-cigarette retail shops and Internet sites are becoming more widespread. What are these products? And are they different from traditional cigarettes that are known to be dangerous to people with asthma? Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the ‘Asthma Blues’ Man With a Plan

Published December - 11 - 2014

Keith

Al Keith is a man of many passions – respiratory health, education and music, to name just a few. Why not merge all his passions together?

Keith put his creative energy to work. A Chicago respiratory therapist by day and a jazz and blues performer by night, he produced a 7-song CD titled “Asthma Blues” to help parents and families better manage their asthma symptoms. Keith played bass guitar and provided vocals.

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ChenowethBroadway star Kristin Chenoweth was diagnosed with asthma in 2004. Since then, she keeps her bronchodilator inhaler always within reach, whether she’s at home or on stage. And she keeps tabs on her dose counter so she knows exactly how much medication remains in her inhaler. Read the rest of this entry »

Pneumonia Vaccine Advisory

Published November - 20 - 2014

FluShot2The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its adult pneumonia vaccination recommendations – a change that affects people over the age of 19 who have asthma or are smokers as well as everyone over the age of 65.

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Allergy-Safe On Halloween? Happy Haunting

Published October - 30 - 2014

HappyHauntingYour child is no doubt eager to scare up a memorable Halloween costume and go trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, Halloween can be hazardous for kids – and grown-ups, too – who are at risk for an asthma flare-up or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

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Enterovirus-68: What Parents Need to Know

Published October - 30 - 2014

SickChildBy now you’ve heard about enterovirus-68 (EV-68), the respiratory virus first discovered in California in 1962 that has not posed a health concern in the United States until this year.

As of Oct. 30, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 1,105 cases of EV-68 in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Read the rest of this entry »

Help For Women With Asthma

Published September - 30 - 2014

BF21Women with asthma often face extra difficulty controlling their symptoms due to fluctuating hormones, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), especially during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. CDC says changing estrogen levels can lead to an inflammatory response, so it is important for women to know the warning signs of an attack, stay away from things that set off their symptoms, and follow the advice of their physician with regard to medication.

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Flu Protection For Adults

Published September - 30 - 2014

fluVacc Public health officials say that the people hit hardest by flu last year were adults aged 18 to 64 – with that group’s highest flu-related hospitalization rate since 2009.

Since those are also the ones least likely to get vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is spreading the word about benefits and easy access. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Your Emergency Plan?

Published August - 26 - 2014

EmergencyplanHurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires tornadoes, flooding – natural disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Their suddenness shouldn’t catch asthma and allergy patients off guard.

When natural disasters happen, you may have only precious minutes to grab what you need for a few days, weeks, or longer. Read the rest of this entry »