Asthma News – November 7 to 15, 2017

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

AAN Webinar: The Asthma Yardstick: What It Means to Practitioners and Patients - November 16, 3:00 p.m. E.T.

How does your asthma care measure up? Dr. Bradley Chipps and Tonya Winders will introduce the "Asthma Yardstick", a comprehensive update on how to conduct a sustained step-up in asthma therapy for the patient with not well-controlled or poorly controlled asthma.

Free CE: Recommendations on the Use of Seasonal Influenza Vaccines

Intended for clinicians who treat and manage patients in whom vaccination is recommended against seasonal influenza, this online CE will help practitioners describe available vaccines, provide updated information, and describe contraindications/precautions.

Health Leaders Fellowship Program - Applications Due Dec. 5

Nurses, doctors, dieticians, public health professionals and other health professionals who are interested in disease prevention and improving community health outcomes are invited to apply to become a Health Leader Fellow through the Ecology Center.

Risk of Asthma Lower with Direct Breastfeeding

Mothers who breastfeed their babies directly rather than use infant formula or expressed breastmilk may be better protecting their children from asthma, with formula only-fed infants at the highest risk for asthma by age 3.

Breastfeeding does not protect children against asthma and allergies

In a new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers show that breastfeeding might in fact increase the risk of developing hay fever and eczema, while not having any clear effect on the risk of asthma.

Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health

This Chicago conference will be held on Nov. 29- Dec 1 to engage attendees in a broad dialogue across sectors to solve complex issues to improve the health of communities and integrate clinical and community health and prevention strategies.

Atopy May Increase Risk for Asthma Relapse

A new study found that children with atopy had a significantly increased incidence and risk for relapse after an acute asthma exacerbation by day 14, compared with children who had asthma symptoms without atopy.

Jared Williams Medication Assistance Fund for residents of Grand Rapids

This medication assistance program is in memory of Jared Williams, a young man who died of asthma in 2014, for residents of Grand Rapids having difficulty paying for asthma medications.

Guiding principles for use of newer biologics and bronchial thermoplasty for patients with severe asthma

A new paper from the ACAAI provides clinicians a user-friendly definition of severe asthma and and guiding principles for newer biologic therapies and bronchial thermoplasty.

Babies with severe RSV have double the risk of childhood asthma

In a large Australian study, children hospitalized for RSV before their second birthday had double the risk of developing asthma at the age of three compared to children who were not hospitalised for RSV, and that risk continued until children were seven years of age.