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Asthma News – January 13-15, 2021

Current asthma research, announcements and opportunities, collected and distributed by Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Asthma Program Staff. Sign up to receive weekly-ish news emails.

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2021 Ecology Center Health Leader Fellowship Applications Now Available - apps now due 1/25/21

Health Leaders will explore the most urgent environmental health issues at the local, state, and national level with national environmental health experts. They are seeking a diverse group of health professionals at all stages of their career from student to retiree, with a wide range of specialties.

Save the date! Michigan Environmental Justice Webinar – February 24 @ 1 pm

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Asthma Program and Detroit’s Green Door Initiative will offer a free webinar to help participants learn about the impact of environmental injustices on health, including asthma, and what you can do to help achieve environmental justice.

Extent of non-adherence (NA) and non-persistence (NP) in asthma patients

A new study analyzed treatment adherence to long-acting asthma medication using a large German claims data set for periods of treatment continuation. They found high levels of treatment NA and NP.

Lipid biomarkers in urine can determine the type of asthma

In a new study, researchers have used a urine test to identify and verify a patient's type of asthma. The study lays the foundation for a more personalized diagnosis and may result in improved treatment of severe asthma in the future.

A pilot school-based health center intervention to improve asthma chronic care in high-poverty schools

Researchers a multifaceted intervention administered through school-based health centers to improve asthma control for children in high-poverty schools with not well controlled asthma was feasible and effective.

Effect of the School-Based Asthma Care for Teens (SB-ACT) program on asthma morbidity

A new 3-arm randomized controlled trial found that SB-ACT improved preventive medication availability and short-term adherence but did not impact asthma symptoms.