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CoachA team of 10-year-old boys skated onto the ice rink, hockey sticks in hand. Two minutes later, they returned to the bench for a breather. Several reached for their inhaler, lifted up their mask, and breathed in the medication.

The boys repeated this over and over again during the 60-minute hockey game – a sign that their asthma was not well controlled and they were having trouble catching their breath.

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Is a 504 Plan Right For Your Child?

Published September - 12 - 2014

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The first day of school brings out the jitters in everyone – even parents. If your child has food allergies, your anxieties may be multiplied. You want to ensure your child is safe within the school environment. Is this the time to consider a 504 Plan?

“All families have the right to request a 504 Plan evaluation,” says Kathleen McDarby, RN, MPH, project manager with Read the rest of this entry »

How Parents, Schools Can Prevent Bullying

Published August - 19 - 2014

ConfidenceEight-year-old Abigail arrives at school every morning with her green and pink polka-dot medical bag on her shoulder. Inside, she carries her asthma inhaler and an epinephrine auto-injector in case she experiences an allergic reaction to one of her food allergens: eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

Abigail’s fourth-grade classmates are well aware of her asthma and food allergies. “The kids know it’s normal for her to carry her medicine,” her mom Jennifer, of Blue Ridge, Ga., says.

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Asthma and Allergies Go to College

Published August - 6 - 2014

ZachLast year, in an article for Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, Andrea Holka wrote about her son Zach’s transition to college at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb., and her feelings of “letting go” as Zach began a new chapter in his life. This year, Zach, who has asthma and egg allergy, discusses how he managed his condition. Read the rest of this entry »

stingIn Hopewell, N.Y., a historical marker commemorates the 1814 death of Timothy Ryan — the second known fatality in North America from an insect sting, according to the plaque. Two hundred years later, we still see at least 50 deaths a year from stings, many due to anaphylaxis.

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Spread the news: Two pieces of critical legislation affecting schoolchildren with life-threatening allergies in New York State are on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk awaiting signature. You can help complete passage of these bills by contacting the governor and encouraging him to sign!

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How to Baby Your Skin

Published July - 2 - 2014

EczemaSummertime tips for taming eczema

When Beth’s eczema flares, she gets itchy red blotches on the backs of her arms – and sometimes from nose to cheek. “Just the left side,” she says. “Never on the right. This month, I’ve got a dime-size spot on my hand that won’t go away.”

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Safe Travels

Published May - 22 - 2014

SafeTravelsCareful Planning Can Go a Long Way

 – Wherever Your Destination

When Diane, a 22-year-old graduate student at the University of Maryland, packed for a three-week study abroad course in Morocco last winter, she never thought she would need an epinephrine auto-injector.

Diane figured she had long outgrown her food allergies. She hadn’t had an allergic reaction to peanut since 2000 – when she was 9 years old.

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CSP2U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) envisions a day when people say, “There once was a disease called asthma.” She sees a time in the not-too-distant future when parents tell kids, “People actually used to die from eating peanut butter.”

What will it take to reach that day? A renewed emphasis on medical research, patient education, high-quality and ethical care, federal and community programs – and most of all, a commitment to patient safety. Read the rest of this entry »

Allergy and Asthma Day Capitol Hill

Published April - 25 - 2014

May 6-7, 2014

Join Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) on Capitol Hill as we gather patients, families and health care professionals to talk with Congress in support of our common goal — to end the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions.

Make plans to attend — and be the voice of change!

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