Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)


Back-to-School Asthma and Anaphylaxis Basics

Published August - 14 - 2012

School children with asthma and food and venom allergy face uncertainty and challenges not experienced by most classmates. The average classroom, lunch room, playground, class party and athletic field is teeming with allergens capable of provoking asthma or allergy symptoms that students with these conditions must prevent and treat with vigilance and balance. Read the rest of this entry »

Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill 2012

Published April - 27 - 2012

AANMA’s 15th annual Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill paid tribute to research and innovative technologies that make a difference in the everyday lives of America’s families with allergies, asthma, anaphylaxis and COPD  – and called on Congress to ensure patient access to evidence-based care based on National Institutes of Health asthma and food allergy guidelines.

“It wasn’t that long ago when asthma and severe allergies, like anaphylaxis, were treated with fumigating powders, caustic vapors, opium and stramonium cigarettes,” said AANMA founder and president Nancy Sander. “Don’t let healthcare cost-cutting send us back into the dark ages.”
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It’s after the diagnosis! Now what!? That’s the question that prompted AANMA and American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology to develop two Internet television productions sponsored by Mylan Specialty:

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On the Road Again

Published March - 3 - 2011

Cycling through Asthma

Nathan Houck rediscovered the joy of cycling at age 50 – but soon faced an old nemesis: “After a summer of bicycling nirvana, my childhood asthma rediscovered me.” A trip to the ER was a wake-up call, and he’s now struggling to find a balance between playing it safe and staying just as active as his bicycle-club friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Readin’, Writin’ and Breathin’

Published February - 24 - 2011

Clean air in the classroom, cafeteria and gym is a must for all children to learn and have fun at school. AANMA is a co-sponsor with Healthy Schools Network to help parents, teachers and students transform their schools into breathe-easy zones! Healthy Schools Network coordinates National Healthy Schools Day each year in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Get in on the action! Here’s what you can do locally right now:

-Does your school have an IAQ (indoor air quality) program or committee? See for how to celebrate IAQ successes or help create a new program to make sure students have breathable indoor air all school-year long.

-Need more help? Find ideas for activities, learning tools, conference call sign ups, and more at — register and share what activities you have planned.

-Register your activity online today online to put Your School IAQ on the Map!  

-Download AANMA’s FREE Indoor AIRepair: At School kit — a colorful guide to reducing irritants and allergens at your school. Created by AANMA with funding from the EPA.

Whatever Happened to H1N1 Flu?

Published January - 31 - 2011

by Laurie Ross

Last year I waited an hour and a half to get an H1N1 flu shot with my teenage daughter and her friend at the local health clinic. I’m not big on lines, but I wanted to take extra precautions against the possible pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask Dr. White: Looking Back on 25 Years

Published January - 28 - 2011

by Martha White, MD

It’s a different world than it was 25 years ago. When The MA Report was first published in 1985, almost none of the asthma and allergy medications that we commonly use today were available. Read the rest of this entry »

Flu Tips for People with Asthma

Published December - 10 - 2010

AANMA encourages everyone with asthma and their family members (over 6 months of age) to get a flu shot. “People with asthma are at high risk of developing complications from the flu, so it’s important to do everything possible to avoid getting sick,” explains Carol Jones, RN, AE-C. Read the rest of this entry »