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Asthma News – January 15-21, 2020

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

EPA Now Accepting Applications for the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management - Due January 31, 2020

EPA has released a newly redesigned application for 2020 to reflect what best performance looks like today, and it also has eliminated applicant categories. The new application focuses on components of whole-community asthma care systems that coordinate public health, housing, environment, clinical care, health care and community partners to deliver comprehensive care at scale.

CDC Update: Product, Substance-Use, and Demographic Characteristics of Hospitalized Patients in a Nationwide Outbreak of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use–Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

Most US EVALI patients with data on product source reported acquiring THC-containing products from only informal sources, whereas most nicotine-containing products were acquired from commercial sources. EVALI patients aged 13–17 years were more likely to acquire both THC- and nicotine-containing products from informal sources than were adults.

Asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits and post-ED visit hospital and critical care admissions

Analyzing data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (2010-2015), researchers found that both asthma-related ED visits and post-ED hospitalizations were greater for children, blacks, and Hispanics. ED visits were also greater for Medicaid/CHIP.

MDHHS reports state's third vaping-related lung injury death

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is announcing the third death associated with the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries in the state. 65 confirmed and probable vaping-related lung injury cases have been reported in Michigan, including this death. The age range is 15-67.

The first year of treatment predicts the prognosis of asthma over 25 y—A prospective study

The level of forced expiratory volume in one second achieved during the first treatment year appeared as a predictor of later lung function level in adult-onset asthma, and treatment discontinuation was reported in one quarter of the patients.