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Asthma News – July 5, 2022

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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Virtual Partnership Forum - July 14 & 28, 2022 - Register Today! Questions? Contact John Dowling

Thursday, July 14 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Climate Change & Asthma - Aaron Ferguson & Julia Field
MDHHS & Partner Updates - John Dowling, partners
Inspiring Health Advances in Lung Care (INHALE) - Karla Stoermer Grossman

Thursday, July 28 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Smoke-free Housing - Amanda Gallaher
Restricting Menthol and Flavored Tobacco Products - Elaine Lyon
Tobacco Cessation - Karen Brown

American Lung Association: Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch Training

Based on the CDC’s Ask–Advise–Refer model, this training utilizes updated tools and strategies for conducting an effective brief tobacco intervention with patients identified as tobacco users, including e-cigarettes. This one-hour, on-demand online course seeks to target healthcare professionals who may have direct patient contact and may initiate a brief tobacco intervention.

Trends in seasonal pollen and asthma-related morbidity among adults and children in a U.S. high-density urban center, 2001-2020

Pollen and asthma-related emergency department visits peak earlier in the spring and are more strongly interconnected, while asthma rates among children are rapidly rising, particularly in the fall and winter. These findings can advise targeted awareness campaigns for better management of asthma related morbidity.

Viral infection and allergy status impact severity of asthma symptoms in children with asthma exacerbations

Researchers found an association between uncontrolled asthma and higher frequency of viral infections when presenting at the ED, with more acute symptoms among those with virus-related asthma exacerbations and allergy.

Management of Uncontrolled Asthma: A Framework for Novel and Legacy Biologic Treatments

Early identification of biomarkers, “life-markers,” and biologic discussions can help facilitate an earlier initiation of biologics. The success of biologics in controlling asthma will depend not only on adherence to inhaler therapy and biologic therapy but also on asthma specialists and patients having an in-depth understanding of proper biologic administration and the nuances of each biologic.

Preschool children with asthma during the Covid-19 pandemic: fewer infections, less wheezing

Preschool children with asthma have been positively affected in terms of pediatric ED admission, hospitalization, and asthma symptom control in association with the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown measures. This study revealed that wheezing decreased significantly in the absence of respiratory infection in preschool children with asthma.