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Asthma News – August 1-10, 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.

Webinar: COVID-19: Fall/Winter Wave & Weather Impact on Asthma, COPD, Flu & More - Aug 12 @ 4 p.m.

What is the impact of weather on COVID-19, the flu and your asthma and allergies? Join the Allergy & Asthma Network for an in-depth discussion on how we can now predict weather forecasts one year in advance with greater than 85% accuracy to better prepare you to avoid respiratory problems.

Webinar: 5 Things to Know: Important Role of Asthma Educators - Aug 13 @ 4 p.m.

Do you fully understand the role of the asthma educator? Join Karen Gregory, RN, RRT, AE-C, and Allergy & Asthma Network Director of Research Mary Hart, RRT, for an in-depth discussion on what an asthma educator can do for patients.

Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC) Updates Asthma Guidelines

MQIC establishes and implements clinical practice guidelines and performance measures for health plans with a focus on improvement for effecting positive health outcomes. The asthma guideline was updated recently.

Pragmatic Clinical Perspective on Biologics for Severe Refractory Type 2 Asthma

Use of a pragmatic algorithm to identify of optimal biologic class for the treatment of patients with specific type 2 asthma endotypes was evaluated in a new clinical perspective.

Telemedicine Program Improves Clinical Outcomes in Young Adults With Asthma

Young adults with asthma experienced improved clinical outcomes after undergoing virtual care, known as a multi-level electronic medical record-integrated smartphone-telemedicine program, according to a new study.

Adolescents Who Use E-Cigarettes, Marijuana May Have Higher Odds of Lifetime Asthma

Oscillometry was responsive and safe in children with acute asthma exacerbations presenting to the emergency department, according to the results of a new small feasibility study.

Hormonal contraceptives and onset of asthma in reproductive-age women

A new population-based cohort study found that hormonal contraceptive use was associated with reduced risk of new-onset asthma in women of reproductive age.

Vagus Nerve Stimulator Gets FDA Emergency OK for Asthmatics with COVID

The FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the gammaCore Sapphire CV non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator (nVNS) to help adult asthmatics with COVID-19 (or those suspected of being infected) overcome difficulties breathing when drugs are not appropriate or are insufficient.