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Asthma News – October 26 to November 1, 2018

Current asthma research, announcements and opportunities, collected and distributed by Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Asthma Program Staff.

AAFA's Asthma Care For Adults - FREE Self-paced Online Course

This course helps adults and their caregivers learn how to manage asthma, including information on asthma basics, recognizing symptoms and triggers, asthma action plans and an overview of different types of asthma medicines. Information page for educators: www.aafa.org/ac-kit

AAFA is looking for adult asthma clinics to test/validate the materials. Interested? Contact Kathleen Slonager or 888.444.0333

Childhood Asthma Risk May Increase With Prenatal Animal Exposure

Children with asthma were more likely to have been exposed to cats, dogs, goats, cockroaches, and rats in utero than children without asthma, according to recent study results.

Secondhand Vape Exposure May Be Risky for Asthmatic Teens

Secondhand exposure to aerosols from electronic nicotine-delivery systems (ENDS) was found to be associated with a greater risk for asthma attacks among pre-teens and teens, independent of cigarette smoking and ENDS use and exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke.

Gaps in health insurance coverage and emergency department use among children with asthma

A new study found that children with asthma who experience insurance coverage gaps have increased ED use, possibly related to poorer access to appropriate health care.

The asthma Symptom Free Days Questionnaire: how reliable are patient responses?

Researchers assessed the Symptom Free Days Questionnaire (SFDQ) in a population of Black adults with asthma and found the internal consistency of the responses was consistently low.

Allergy & Asthma Network: 'Living with Asthma' online community

The 'Living with Asthma' online community offers a free, safe and confidential peer-to-peer space to share experiences, get advice, contribute to ongoing discussions and find others who understand – all through your smartphone, tablet or computer.