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WEBINAR: Asthma and the Relationship with Pet Allergies

August 3, 2022  •  12:00 - 1:00 pm

Presenter: Gabriel Ortiz, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

The Arizona Asthma Coalition provides education and networking for clinicians and anyone who cares for patients living with asthma and allergies. AAC is collaborating with Thermo Fisher Scientific in bringing you this free educational opportunity!

This educational activity is designed for practicing pediatric and adult primary care providers, asthma specialists (pulmonologists and allergists), pediatric and family nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, nurses, school nurses, quality assurance leaders, case managers, MAs, students, and anyone else involved in the care of people with asthma and allergies.

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FDA Orders Juul Off the Market

Shared from Tobacco-Free Kids

The FDA’s decision last week denying marketing applications for all Juul products currently marketed in the United States, including Juul’s menthol-flavored products, represents the most significant action the FDA has taken to reverse the youth e-cigarette epidemic. Juul, more than any other product or company, has been responsible for creating and fueling the youth e-cigarette epidemic. The impact of this decision will be substantial because Juul products continue to be widely used by youth.

This decision is based on FDA’s conclusion that “the applications lacked sufficient evidence regarding the toxicological profile of the products to demonstrate that marketing of the products would be appropriate for the protection of the public health.” The FDA also raised concerns about “potentially harmful chemicals leaching from the company’s proprietary e-liquid pods."

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Open Seat on the Arizona Asthma Coalition Board

We are interested in adding a member to our board who has skill and experience in public policy and advocacy. As part of our effort to improve the health and quality of life for all asthmatics in Arizona, this new board member’s portfolio will include:

  • Networking and building relationships with coalitions and partners
  • Informing the Board and stakeholders about emerging public policies that would have an impact on people with asthma
  • Advocating for public policies which support clean air, access to healthcare and best practices for preventing and treating asthma

The successful candidate will bring a strong public health policy perspective to our board. It currently includes physicians, nurse practitioners, a school nurse manager, respiratory therapists, asthma educators, program administrators and academic faculty in pharmacy and public health.

Relevant types of experience may include:

  • Participation in local and/or statewide public health coalitions and partnerships
  • Analyzing and summarizing public policy issues in writing
  • Sharing information about policies with a statewide audience
  • Tracking proposed legislation and sharing its relevance with stakeholders
  • Representing your organization’s policy positions in presentations, media or testimony

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send a cover letter and CV to Lisa Rascon at

Biologic Use in Asthma: How Treatment Setting, Other Factors, Affect Adherence

Shared from Pulmonology Advisor

Among patients with asthma, lower rates of biologic adherence was associated with in-clinic administration of therapy. Low adherence was also associated with factors related to income, educational level, insurance coverage, and racial/ethnic background in patients who self-administered biologics, while better biologic adherence was associated with access to a specialist. These were among research findings published recently in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice

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Thunderstorm asthma: Bad weather, allergies, and asthma attacks 

Shared from Harvard Health

It’s an old line: everyone complains about the weather but no one is doing anything about it. But if you’re a person with bad allergies or asthma, stormy weather can be more than an annoyance; it can be a serious threat to your health. "Thunderstorm asthma" was first reported in the 1980s in England and Australia, and cases continue to crop up. Just after severe thunderstorms passed through Melbourne, Australia in 2016, more than 9,000 people sought urgent medical care for asthma during one notable event. Medical facilities were overwhelmed and at least eight people died. That’s unusual, but if you do have asthma — or seasonal allergies, as it turns out — understanding this trigger can help you stay well.

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What to Know About the Latest Advances in Managing Severe Asthma

Shared from TIME

Graphs and charts don’t always tell the whole story. Numbers can be deceiving. But anyone who looks at U.S. trends in asthma mortality can see, without squinting, that things are moving in the right direction. A 2019 analysis in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that from 1999 to 2015, asthma mortality fell by 43%. “The decrease in asthma-related mortality was consistent in both sexes and in all race groups, with the largest decrease in patients older than 65 years,” the authors concluded. Figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that these positive trends have continued through 2019, and data coming from the U.K. and Europe tell a similarly happy tale.

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Arizona Asthma Coalition is now on Facebook! Head over to Facebook and like AAC to keep up to date on asthma, allergy and organizational updates in between our monthly newsletters. 

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As a nonprofit partnership since 1996, AAC has worked together with concerned stakeholders including public health, environmental quality, managed care, education, individual physicians and nurses, hospitals, foundations, families and other colleagues. Become a member of the Arizona Asthma Coalition or renew your membership and help us continue this important work.

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