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Asthma News – November 21-24, 2020

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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NHLBI Webinar: 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines - Dec. 3 @ 11 a.m.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is hosting a webinar to share information about the updates to the national asthma guidelines that will be published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and posted to the NHLBI website.

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America:Asthma Impacts on American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN)

AI/AN people in the U.S. have experienced historical trauma and racism that is directly tied to poorer health. AI/AN children are 50% more likely (than white people) to have asthma, and adults are 28% more likely. AAFA puts a spotlight on the burden of asthma on Indigenous Americans.

Association of Electronic Cigarette Use With Incident Respiratory Conditions Among US Adults From 2013 to 2018

A new cohort study found that e-cigarette use was associated with an increased risk of developing respiratory disease, including asthma, COPD and chronic bronchitis, independent of cigarette smoking.

AIRQ 3-Month Differentiates Asthma Control Similarly to 12-Month Version

Researchers found that the 3- and 12-month Asthma Impairment and Risk Questionnaires (AIRQ™) demonstrated a similar ability to differentiate asthma control, showing that repetitive use of the 3-month AIRQ over shorter time periods, rather than yearly, was feasible.

Taking the Pill may cut risk of severe asthma bouts in women of reproductive age

After taking account of factors like increasing age, BM, pregnancies and smoking history, previous and current use of any and combined hormonal contraceptives was associated with a lower, albeit relatively small, risk of severe asthma bouts compared with no use at all.

Bacteria in bed dust may actually improve a child’s health

A new study has shown that a high diversity of microorganisms inside a home helps children build defenses against diseases and allergies. Beds in particular serve as a central gathering place for bacteria, fungi, and various microorganisms which can play a role in reducing allergies, asthma, and autoimmune diseases as children grow.