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Asthma News – June 6-20, 2017

Current asthma research, announcements and opportunities, collected and distributed by Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Asthma Program Staff.

Building Systems to Sustain Home-Based Asthma Services - eLearning & TA Platform Now Available

In collaboration with the U.S. EPA, the National Center for Healthy Housing has developed an eLearning and technical assistance platform to support the launch and growth of sustainable asthma home visiting programs. Modules include: reimbursement, referrals, staffing, community resources, scaling and evaluation.

Potential mechanism provides a possible new target for allergy treatments

By observing the allergic response in mice with asthma, scientists found that white blood cells that normally reduce the symptoms of asthma convert into cells that make allergies worse.

Grass Pollen SLIT Slows Course of Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma

For patients with allergic rhinitis, grass pollen sublingual immunotherapy is associated with slower allergic rhinitis progression and less frequent asthma onset.

Asthma Clinical Trial Opportunity

If you, or someone you know, is living with asthma and experiencing asthma flares, HealthUnlocked has a Phase III clinical trial studying whether the addition of a third drug, a LAMA (Incruse), to a LABA/ICS inhaler can help asthma patients to control their asthma.

Using inhalers can lead to mocking and social exclusion for teenagers

New research analysed online posts written by teenagers and their parents and found that the social stigma of asthma can play a role in teenagers choosing not to use their inhalers.

Peer-led self-management programs may not help teenagers with asthma

A new study suggests peer-led self-management programs have little impact on the quality of life or lung function of adolescents with asthma.

Flu shot less effective for obese adults

Vaccinated obese adults are twice as likely to develop influenza and influenza-like illnesses compared to vaccinated healthy weight adults, and may be due to the fact that the T cells of obese people do not function properly.

Sesame Street Asthma Resources

Sesame Street has videos, printables and other resources for young children and their caregivers.