Allercy and Asthma Health
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Summer 2010

  • Fun in the Sun: Don't Let Your Asthma Sizzle This Summer
    More than 22 million Americans suffer from asthma. This number includes over 6.5 million children under the age of 18. Right now, just about all of them are having to deal with the hot summer weather.

  • What Do They Mean When They Say My Asthma Is (Or Is Not) In Control?
    Asthma is a common disease that affects people of all age groups. Symptoms can vary between one person and another. They can also change over time, getting better or worse during a person's lifetime. The goal in managing asthma is to keep it in control.

  • Four Respiratory Hygiene Tips Your Kids Can Take Back to School
    The weather is good, summer is still in full swing, and you and your children are thinking more about enjoying the season than you are about the respiratory infections that usually crop up during the colder months of the year. But with the 2010-2011 school year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to lay the groundwork your family will need to make sure fewer of those bugs hit your kids this year.

  • Six Key Asthma Messages Every Asthmatic and Health Care Provider Should Know
    Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. In the United States, asthma affects more than 22 million people. We have made important gains since the release of the first National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) asthma management guidelines in 1991.

  • Understanding the Air You Breathe
    Summer is upon us, and as ground-level ozone increases, people with respiratory conditions like asthma can have trouble with their breathing. It is important to understand the Air Quality Index (AQI) and how it can help those with asthma decide when to limit or avoid outdoor activities.

  • News Bits
    These recently published articles offer helpful lung health information.



Allergy & Asthma Health Staff

Marsha Cathcart
Thomas J. Kallstrom, RRT, FAARC
Managing Editor
Beth Binkley Contributor
Kelly Piotrowski
Production Assistant/


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