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15th Annual Asthma and Allergy Clinical Conference

Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Asthma and Allergy Clinical Conference on November 13, 2021. The Conference provides education and networking for clinicians and anyone who cares for patients living with asthma and allergies.

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Asthma in the Time of COVID-19

Repost from ATS Journals

During the last 15 months, all human activity has been profoundly affected by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. The great urgency to tackle the enormous scientific challenges created by the pandemic has been reflected in the large number of manuscripts on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that the Journal has published during those months. The Editors are keenly aware, however, that the threat to the health and well-being of the population from other major illnesses has not disappeared and requires the continued attention of the scientific community. On the basis of that understanding, we called for submissions for this special asthma issue, and we received a large number of meritorious papers. We selected eight original contributions and two perspectives that span the whole gamut of asthma research today worldwide, from basic molecular mechanisms to applied clinical investigations, demonstrating the high quality of the research still being done despite all the barriers erected by COVID-19’s devastating effects on public health.

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‘Commit to One Day, Help Keep Ozone Away’ Campaign Kicks Off

Repost from Maricopa County

Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) is encouraging county residents to help reduce harmful ground-level ozone pollution during the spring and summer months by participating in Maricopa County’s annual Ozone Campaign.

Ground-level ozone forms when emissions from vehicles, gasoline and diesel equipment, industrial and chemical processes, and other everyday activities react to sunlight. Because these emissions react more readily to sunlight, ozone pollution is more prevalent during the spring and summer months.

Although some people are more sensitive than others, all county residents can be affected by ground-level ozone pollution, which is harmful to lungs and can trigger asthma.

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Association Between Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and Risk of Asthma in Children

Repost from JAMA Pediatrics

The use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in children has increased substantially in recent years, concurrently with emerging concerns that these drugs may increase the risk of asthma. Whether PPI use in the broad pediatric population is associated with increased risk of asthma is not known.

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Harms of Electronic Cigarettes: What the Healthcare Provider Needs to Know

Repost from ATS Journals

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) reached the market without either extensive preclinical toxicology testing or long-term safety trials that would be required of conventional therapeutics or medical devices. E-cigarettes are considered a tobacco product and as such have no manufacturing quality or safety standards. A growing body of evidence documents severe harms from e-cigarette use, including injuries from product explosions, nicotine poisoning, and severe lung diseases. Commonly used e-cigarette components have significant inhalation toxicity. Emerging evidence from laboratory studies suggests substantial reason for concern for long-term harms, including risk for cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive lung disease, and cancer. 

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[WEBINARS] Tribal Innovations & Success Stories in Healthy Homes Outreach

Hosted by the Tribal Healthy Homes Network & EPA Region 10

May 3, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Featuring Brooke Sanderson, Louden Tribal Council; Aileen Gagney, Tulalip Tribes; and Sydney Janssen

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May 10, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Featuring Lucas Bair, Spokane Tribe, and Oxcenia O’Domin, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

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Asthma and COVID-19: Preconceptions about Predisposition

Repost from ATS Journals

It is now just past 15 months since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was identified in China and rapidly spread throughout the world. There has been an extraordinary research effort to understand the pathophysiology of COVID-19, providing an evidence base on which to develop public health, therapeutic, and vaccine interventions. The burden of COVID-19 falls disproportionately on different populations, and research has sought to rapidly identify those at higher risk, such as those with specific comorbidities.

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Asthma in Adult Patients with COVID-19: Prevalence and Risk of Severe Disease

Repost from ATS Journals

People with asthma are considered to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, many aspects of COVID-19 pathophysiology are under investigation, and the relationship between asthma and COVID-19 severity is unclear.

We used prevalence data from 150 studies conducted worldwide to assess whether asthma increases the risk of morbidity and severity of COVID-19. The results of our analyses do not provide clear evidence of increased risk of COVID-19 diagnosis, hospitalization, severity, or mortality due to asthma.

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Air Pollution and Asthma: Mechanisms of Harm and Considerations for Clinical Interventions

Repost from CHEST

There is global concern regarding the harmful impact of polluted air on the respiratory health of patients with asthma. Multiple epidemiologic studies have shown ongoing associations between high levels of air pollution and poor early life lung growth, development of allergic sensitization, development of asthma, airway inflammation, acutely impaired lung function, respiratory tract infections, and asthma exacerbations. However, studies have often yielded inconsistent findings, and not all studies have found significant associations; this may be related to both variations in statistical, measurement, and modeling methodologies between studies as well as differences in the concentrations and composition of air pollution globally. 

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