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Asthma News – November 30, 2023

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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$2 Billion to Fund Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants as Part of Investing in America Agenda

The Biden-Harris administration announced approximately $2 billion in funding available to support community-driven projects that deploy clean energy, strengthen climate resilience, and build capacity for communities to tackle environmental and climate justice challenges. Read the Community Change Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity

Truth Initiative: How does vaping nicotine impact sleep?

The research shows that vaping nicotine is associated with sleep problems. Sleep problems can include insufficient sleep, interrupted sleep, restlessness during sleep, nightmares, and daytime sleepiness. Sleep is essential for young people’s brain development and mental health, with research finding an association between poor sleep quality and negative mental health.

Asthma and Complementary Health Approaches: What You Need To Know

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health provides an overview of information and resources on asthma and complementary approaches to asthma care.

Effect of cold winters on the risk of new asthma

A particularly cold winter, with an average temperature below the climate’s normal value (−4.5°C, as determined for the period of 1981 to 2010), increased the risk of developing asthma by 41% during the following year. The combined impact of cold winters on asthma could involve a combination of frigid temperatures and changes in environmental conditions and human conduct.

The relationships between Physical activity and asthma control and Body Mass Index (BMI) in patients with asthma

There were nearly 2000 fewer steps/day among those with uncontrolled asthma versus controlled and among those with obese BMI versus nonobese, respectively. Increasing step counts should be considered an important lifestyle intervention goal in obese and non-obese asthma patients with low physical activity levels.

Impact of Post-Visit Outreach on Inhaled Corticosteroid (ICS) Refill Persistence in Children and Young Adults With Asthma

Researchers provided a follow-up telephone outreach call 5−8 weeks after the clinic visit of pediatric and young adult subjects found to have poor ICS refill persistence. Telephone outreach after out-patient clinic visits for asthma showed a short-term benefit in ICS refill persistence; however, the effect size was small.