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Asthma News – July 7-9, 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.

JACI Editorial: Asthma and COVID: What Are the Important Questions?

An editorial in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology addresses questions about the influence of: COVID-19 disease awareness; use of inhaled corticosteroids; age; and co-morbidities.

EPA Webinar: SARS-CoV-2 in Indoor Air: Principles and Scenarios - 7/16 @ 1 p.m.

This Environmental Protection Agency webinar will include a presentation of fundamental principles related to the generation and fate of SARS-CoV-2 in aerosols, with several practical scenarios, including cars, elevators, bathrooms, and classrooms used for purposes of illustration and comparison.

Dangerous loopholes: Young e-cigarette users report swapping products as vaping policies change

A new report sheds light on e-cigarette use patterns and suggests that, without a stronger, enforceable federal policy restricting all flavored e-cigarette products, users will simply switch from one flavored product to another.

ALA Webinar: Air Quality and COVID 19: Connections, Health Impacts, and Racial Disparities - July 15 at 4 p.m.

The American Lung Association will present findings and discuss the research/public policy collaborations underway to understand and mitigate the interconnected health risks of long-term exposure to fine particulate matter pollution and higher death rates from COVID 19, and that people of color, face greater than average risks from the health impacts of both air pollution and COVID 19.

FDA Authorizes Tobacco Product But Emphasizes It’s ‘Not Safe’

The US Food & Drug Administration has authorized the marketing of the IQOS Tobacco Heating System as a modified risk tobacco product, but emphasized that despite this, “these products are not safe nor ‘FDA approved.'”

Racial/ethnic differences in pediatric asthma management

A new study examined the importance of asthma knowledge, symptom assessment, and family-provider collaboration and found that the relationship between medication concerns and adherence appeared to differ by ethnic group.

Links between parents' and children's asthma and allergies

New research found that, compared with a father's traits related to allergies and asthma, a mother's traits create a higher risk that a child will develop these same traits in early childhood. By the time the children were 6 years old, however, both parents presented the same risk.