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Asthma News – September 6-10, 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.

Job Posting: Nursing Director, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD)

The Nursing Director oversees all district nursing staff working to respond to acute and chronic health needs of DPSCD students. BSN required, master's degree preferred. To learn more, click link above to access the careers site, 'Sign In' to access your account or select the 'New User' link to create one, review the job description and select the 'Apply' button to begin your application.

Michigan Medicine Conference: Precision Medicine in Asthma: Perspectives Across All Ages and Severities ~ Ann Arbor, October 12, 2019, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. ~ CME/CE available

The overall goals of this program are to enhance health care professionals' knowledge and ability to incorporate evidence-based medicine and best practices into their work settings and communities. Topics include: Precision Medicine; Phenotypes, Endotypes & Targeted Therapies; Asthma-COPD Overlap; Inhalation Therapies; Asthma Management in the Elderly & more.

Prostaglandin D2 May Distinguish Asthma and COPD from Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS)

A new study found that levels of PG-D2 were higher in both patients with ACOS and asthma vs patients with COPD, which may be a sign of systemic inflammation in ACOS.

Allergy Immunotherapy May Slow Progression of Asthma Severity in Adolescents

The large population-based cohort study was comprised of German healthcare data, patients aged ≥14 years. Correlation between allergy immunotherapy and reduced likelihood of asthma was strongest in adolescents, followed by young adults between the ages of 18 and 49 years.

Allergic diseases increase the risk of adult-onset asthma

A Finnish study reports that the more allergic diseases an individual has, the higher the asthma risk, especially in individuals born after 1940.

Michigan becomes first state to ban sales of flavored e-cigarettes

In a effort to curb teen vaping, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has banned the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products in stores and online using an emergency rule. The rule also restricts marketers from advertising vaping products as "clean," "safe," "healthy" and "harmless."