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Asthma News – April 22, 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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American Lung Assoc. webinar: The Impact of Climate Change on Asthma ~ May 30 @ 12:30 PM

Dr. David Hill will review the scientific evidence regarding climate change. His presentation will discuss the effects of climate change on temperature, pollutants, and allergens and the importance of these factors for patients with asthma, as well as reviewing responses and mitigation strategies.

American Assoc. for Respiratory Care: New Online Asthma Education Series – Earn 6 CRCE hours

Geared to RTs, this new offering includes 6 updated modules on asthma medications, new guidelines, Pediatric Critical Asthma Syndrome, effective asthma communication, community health education, and current and advanced home monitoring and telehealth practices. Cost: $59.99 for members, $119.99 for non-members.

EPA Fact Sheet: How to Safely Dispose of E-Cigarettes: Information for Individuals (pdf)

The goal of this fact sheet is to explain to consumers the importance of safe disposal of e-cigarettes, including vape pens, which should not be put in household trash or recycling.

COVID-19 and Asthma Onset in Children

New research, led by doctors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, found that children who tested positive for COVID-19 were at no greater risk of being diagnosed with asthma over the next 18 months compared to children who tested negative.

Machine learning-driven identification of air toxic combinations associated with asthma symptoms among elementary school children in Spokane, Washington, USA

Researchers used machine learning to identify 25 combinations of air pollutants that were associated with increased asthma symptoms among children in Spokane, Washington. Symptoms were associated with 2-nitropropane and 2,4,6-trichlorophenol across three exposure periods. Other pollutants associated with symptoms included 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene and 1,3-butadiene.

Efficacy of oral corticosteroids for acute preschool wheeze: a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials

A new meta-analysis found that oral corticosteroids reduce wheezing severity score at 4 h and length of hospital stay in children with acute preschool wheeze. In those with a history of previous wheeze or asthma, oral corticosteroids provide a potentially clinically relevant effect on length of hospital stay.