Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

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Making a list, checking it twice… No, I’m not talking about Santa Claus–I’m writing to YOU! Holidays get so filled with frivolity that we often neglect important routines such as checking expiration dates on medication until Read the rest of this entry »

EGID: A Tough Diagnosis to Swallow

Published December - 17 - 2009

Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID) sounds bad but feels worse. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that helps fight off infections. But in some cases, eosinophils outnumber the amount that a body needs, and this leads to digestive tract symptoms. Eosinophilic esophagitis may Read the rest of this entry »

The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) is a nonprofit organization made up of providers of teratology information services throughout the U.S. The group has a number of registries and research programs. OTIS is currently Read the rest of this entry »

Learn to Live Well with Latex Allergy

Published December - 8 - 2009

Sue Lockwood and Marsha Smith, co-Founders of American Latex Allergy Association, know about the ravages of undiagnosed latex allergies – as well as the liberating feeling of getting the right diagnosis and education. Read the rest of this entry »

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Published November - 30 - 2009

nancy1If you’re you one of those people whose sinuses foretell approaching storms before Doppler Radar picks it up, you are not alone. In fact, there’s plenty of research supporting a link between thunderstorms and increased emergency department visits due to asthma. Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey Trot and Thanks A Lot!

Published November - 24 - 2009

nancy1My neighbor started a baking business recently, so I ordered a Pumpkin Loaf for our family Thanksgiving feast. First thing she asked was, “Nuts or no nuts?” I figured she was asking because she knows I’m president of AANMA and might have allergy-based dietary restrictions… but no! She said people with food allergies generally don’t wait for her to ask, but people who don’t like the taste of texture of the nuts usually forget to mention it until she’s taking the dessert out of the oven. Read the rest of this entry »

To V or Not to V: This is the question

Published November - 2 - 2009

nancy1To vaccinate or not: This is the question bandied about in news stories, on the Web and on the minds of parents and other adults. It’s good to research and weigh your options before taking action. It’s good to base decisions on credible, rational facts vs. fear or blind trust.  But it’s not always easy to find straight, uncomplicated answers to questions about serious, life-threatening events associated with vaccines—until now. Read the rest of this entry »

nancy1President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9, urging lawmakers to give the green light to an overhaul of the healthcare system. His speech will be televised live. Here are some questions I hope he addresses: Read the rest of this entry »

nancy1Among the many tributes to Sen. Ted Kennedy, AANMA would like to acknowledge his friendship and support of our organization, especially over the past 12 years.

The Senator and his staff had a refreshingly down-to-earth approach when it came to addressing our concerns about ensuring patient access to specialty care, appropriate medications, immunotherapy and diagnostic services. They were always responsive in our efforts to make sure that all patients with these conditions have access to the care they need. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s on your mind?

Published August - 25 - 2009

nancy1There’s something new about asthma, allergies and COPD in the news nearly every day–but how much of it’s valid and how much of it is just hype?

You’ll notice that we don’t get flustered about most of the news that comes out. That’s because we have a team of medical advisors that give us the bottom line on the news for us. We go behind the news to get to the real stuff that you can use in your daily lives. Read the rest of this entry »