Monthly Newsletter from the Arizona Asthma Coalition

New Year, New Resolutions to Keep Allergy and Asthma Symptoms Controlled

American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology

About 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergic conditions. That’s a whole lot of New Year’s resolutions coming down the pike for those looking to get their allergy and asthma symptoms under control.

“It’s not always easy to get allergies and asthma under control,” says allergist Gailen Marshall, MD, PhD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “The new year is a great time to take stock of how you’re feeling and assess what kind of changes you might want to make to feel better overall. They might be small changes, which taken together, can mean big improvements in how you navigate your day.”

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'The worst possible time of year': Doctors warn about asthma inhaler switch coming in January

ABC7 News

Starting January 1, a drug that thousands of patients depend on to help them breathe will disappear from pharmacy shelves, and doctors are concerned patients may have delays switching to alternatives and getting them covered by insurance. Manufacturer GSK has said it's discontinuing the branded asthma inhaler Flovent, and instead is making an "authorized generic" version, which is identical but without the same branding.

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The right to breathe: how policymakers can tackle severe asthma


Asthma impacts over 330 million people worldwide. While severe asthma makes up only 5-10 percent of cases, it is accountable for over half of asthma-related costs globally. It profoundly affects patients’ lives, undermining their physical, mental and economic well-being, and increasing the risk of preventable deaths. Despite its significance, severe asthma is often overshadowed by other health priorities, leading to inadequate resource allocation and substandard care, further straining already pressured health systems. 

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Severe Asthma Can Be Controlled Without High-Dose Inhaled Steroids, Study Finds

American Journal of Managed Care

Among a cohort of patients with severe asthma using the biologic therapy benralizumab, 92% could safely reduce inhaled steroid dose and more than 60% could stop all use. These findings suggest that biologic therapies may help minimize or eliminate the unpleasant and often serious adverse effects of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), including osteoporosis, which leads to increased risk of fractures, diabetes, and cataracts.

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Navigating Childhood Asthma: Insights From a Pediatric Pulmonologist


As the seasons transition from warm fall nights to cool and wintry evenings, children with asthma often experience a rise in wheezing or chest tightness, because weather changes and cold temperatures are often asthma triggers. And for approximately 4.2 million children coping with asthma or other respiratory conditions, seasonal weather changes can pose severe, persistent, and potentially life-threatening risks. According to the National Institutes of Health, asthma is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease. Irina Dralyuk, MD, a pediatric pulmonologist at Cedars-Sinai Guerin Children's, emphasizes the importance of controlling asthma in children through all seasons, as poorly managed cases can lead to serious complications.

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Asthma Education for All: American Lung Association Reveals Newly Updated Interactive Asthma Course

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association announced that it updated its free Asthma Basics online course with the most current information about asthma, with more videos and interactive and gamified features. Asthma Basics is a free interactive course offered in English and Spanish that can be accessed online or provided as an in-person or virtual live workshop. Just last year, the Lung Association had more than 5,400 people enroll in the Asthma Basics course.

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