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Asthma News – January 15 to 17, 2019

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.

HealthEachOther- New Online Community for Greater Ann Arbor Helps with Local Health Support and Resources

HealthEachOther is a health-focused platform that brings together people with a wide range of health challenges into one local online community, while allowing the option to join multiple groups of people with similar health challenges.The Beta Program is launching on January 23 and joining is free; beta members will provide occasional feedback to help build great content.

ProAir Digihaler Approved for Patients to Digitally Track Their Albuterol Use

ProAir® Digihaler™ contains built-in sensors that detect when the inhaler is used and measure inspiratory flow. This inhaler-use data is then sent to the companion mobile app using Bluetooth® Wireless Technology so patients can review their data over time, and if desired, share it with their healthcare professionals.

Study Shows Plausible Link Between Fertility Care and Asthma Risk

A recent observational study examined the link between fertility treatment and asthma risk and found that both parental subfertility and characteristics related to the assisted reproductive technologies procedure itself might increase offspring asthma risk.

Most patients with asthma will not experience an exacerbation

New research suggests that the majority of asthma patients will seldom exacerbate and when they do, half of the time it will be a single sporadic event. However, in the other half, having an exacerbation is one of the biggest risk factors for having a subsequent one, even up to 5 years earlier.

Latino, African-American adolescents less likely to have undiagnosed asthma, study finds

Although there are known health care disparities and shortages that impact Latino and African-American adolescents in urban areas, the two groups were found to be at lower risk for undiagnosed asthma than whites.