Senate Health Bill Threatens Kids with Asthma


June 23, 2017
Contact: Ari Goldberg (; 240.678.9102)

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act would jeopardize the sustainability of Medicaid coverage for our nation’s children, including the 6.3 million kids with asthma.

Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children and the top reason for missed school days. It is the third-leading cause of hospital stays for kids.

Lisa Shapiro, VP for health policy and convener of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition said in a statement: 

“It is deeply disappointing that this bill would move us backwards at a time when there has been so much progress keeping children with asthma healthy and out of the hospital.

Nearly 38 million children depend on Medicaid, which this legislation is seeking to slash by more than $800 billion. For kids with asthma, Medicaid is a vital program to ensure they are able to manage their condition and avoid needless and expensive hospital visits.”


Leading Medical and Health Groups Applaud HUD’s Plan to Make Multi-Unit Housing Smokefree

New rule will protect two million Americans living in public housing from the harms of secondhand smoke

(November 30, 2016) - WASHINGTON, D.C.

The American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) applaud the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its plan, announced today, requiring all public housing agencies to implement smokefree policies. This rule will protect two million Americans from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 760,000 children and more than 300,000 adults over the age of 62. The policies apply to residential units as well as common areas. [READ MORE...]

Childhood Asthma Research & News, November 7

Asthma in the News – November 7, 2016



Allergy in Severe Asthma (Allergy)

Physician Agreement Regarding the Expansion of Pharmacist Professional Activities in the Management of Patients with Asthma (International Journal of Pharmacy Practice)

Psychological Factors Influencing the Decision of Urban Adolescents with Undiagnosed Asthma to Obtain Medical Care (Journal of Adolescent Health)

Medication Identification Among Caregivers of Urban Children with Asthma (Academic Pediatrics)

Association of Youth and Caregiver Anxiety and Asthma Care Among Urban Young Adolescents (Academic Pediatrics)

Asthma-related Medication Use and Exacerbations in Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes (Pediatric Pulmonology)

Pediatric Asthma Care Coordination in Underserved Communities: A Quasiexperimental Study (American Journal of Public Health)

Increased Identification of the Primary Care Provider as the Main Source of Asthma Care Among Urban Minority Children (Journal of Asthma)

A Primary Care-based Asthma Program Improves Recognition and Treatment of Persistent Asthma in Inner-city Children Compared to Routine Care (Journal of Asthma)

The Difference in Amount of Psychical Activity Performed by Children with and without Asthma: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (Journal of Asthma)

Adolescent, Caregiver, and Friend Preferences for Integrating Social Support and Communication Features into an Asthma Self-management App (Journal of Asthma)

Acculturation and Quality of Life in Urban, African American Caregivers of Children with Asthma (Journal of Asthma)

A Web-Based Educational Video to Improve Asthma Knowledge for Limited English Proficiency Latino Caregivers (Journal of Asthma)


Don’t Blame Suffering Children for Poor Test Scores

Removing These Indoor Pollutants Could Treat Your Child’s Asthma Without Medication


Study: Childhood asthma rates higher in Baltimore


By Kerry Canavaugh

BALTIMORE —Where a person is born determines many things, like access to healthcare, education and even the chance of developing asthma.
Kids in inner-city Baltimore are more than twice as likely to have asthma as children who live a few miles away in the suburbs.
Shakayla Boardley can beat her mom at a board game. She loves winning, but she wishes she could run around outside with other kids.
"I can't run because then I can't breathe. I have to go home and take my asthma pump," Shakayla said.
The 10-year-old's asthma is so severe that mom Terrell Brown ...

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Portable device could help prevent asthma attacks

CBS North Carolina

By Maggie Newland


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – For people who suffer from asthma, attacks can be scary and dangerous, but local researchers are working on a device that could predict and ultimately prevent asthma attacks.

Every week Darrien Reeves gets numerous shots to control his severe asthma.

That’s on top of his daily medications and inhaler for emergencies.

“He really has to be aware of his symptoms to prevent an attack,” explained his mother, Charlotte Reeves.

At UNC Hospital Children’s Clinic in Raleigh, Darrien Reeves’ doctors are testing a device that may make it easier to prevent asthma attacks. It’s a portable spirometer that measures lung function.

“This is in the beginning stages ...

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Getting urban kids with asthma to use primary care docs

MD Magazine

By Eric Wertzer


When it comes to urban childhood asthma, primary care physicians—not specialists or emergency room doctors—should be  the go-to caregivers, researchers have found. But these kids' parents or other significant adults in their lives may not be aware that these primary care physicians (PCPs)  can and should play the main role in care. Using electronic communications can get that message to parents and improve care, a team found.

A study designed to heighten awareness and use of PCPs as the principal resource for pediatric asthma care among urban minority youth significantly redirected focus on PCPs.

Conducted by doctors and other health professionals from the Children's National Health System, Washington, DC, and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, the prospective study addressed ...

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Making asthma, allergies easier to cope with

Odessa American

By Ruth Campbell


Millions of Americans — children and adults — suffer from allergies and there are more now than ever before.

Dr. Kevin Benson, who has been at the Medical Center Hospital Family Health Clinic since October, said there is a crossover among asthma, allergies and eczema. “They call it the allergic triad. They all kind of go together.

“They’re all autoimmune, so if you’re affected by one, you’re often affected by the others,” said Benson, who is board certified in pediatrics.

In general, Benson said, physicians are seeing more autoimmune illnesses and food allergies than ever, but no explanation has been ...

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Was the Doctor Right About Your Child’s Asthma Diagnosis?

U.S. News & World Report

By Michael O. Schroeder

It seems like a eureka moment – and it may, in fact, be just that: Your child, who has been nursing a cough and wheezing while exerting himself, is finally diagnosed – with asthma.

Historically, research finds this common chronic respiratory disease was missed in many children, and today experts say in certain populations in the U.S., like low-income families, asthma is still considered to be underdiagnosed. But based on more recent international research, some experts now question whether the pendulum has swung way too far in the other direction and argue that today, asthma is overdiagnosed in kids. “The published literature is clear that many have a diagnosis of asthma with no supporting evidence,” said Dr. Andrew Bush, a professor of pediatrics at Imperial College London who specializes in pediatric respiratory medicine, in an email. “We therefore need to up our game in using simple tests to confirm the diagnosis of asthma.”

Bush co-wrote an article with Dr. Louise Fleming ...

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Capitalizing on a teachable moment motivates parents of kids with asthma to quit smoking

By Boston University Medical Center


Parents who smoke are more likely to quit smoking after receiving motivational smoking cessation counseling following a "teachable moment" (TM) such as witnessing their child experience an asthma attack.

The study, which appears in the journal Addiction, also found that in-home counseling visits, including feedback on their child's second hand smoke exposure (SHSe) and counseling phone calls improved the likelihood of smoking cessation and less SHSe.

Despite a reduction in overall smoking prevalence, parental smoking and pediatric SHSe remain high, particularly among minority and low income families with children with asthma. More than 40 percent of all children are exposed to SHSe, which increases the risk for asthma.

Led by Belinda Borrelli, PhD, professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Director of Behavioral Science Research at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM), the researchers compared parents who smoke and have a child ...

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UB researchers explore depression, asthma link

The Buffalo News


Studies have shown that children with asthma are at higher risk for depression. Research also has shown an association between a parent or caregiver’s depression and worsening symptoms in an asthmatic child.

Now researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of Texas, Dallas are exploring this connection further: They are beginning a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study to determine whether treating a depressed caregiver will improve the child’s asthma.

The findings could have major implications for the way children with asthma are treated. The researchers say the findings also eventually may ...

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Nationwide Children’s mobile app may help people better self-manage asthma

News Medical


Very early on in her life, 3-year-old Karma Taylor found herself frequently in the Emergency Department in the middle of the night as a result of breathing problems. Karma's mom, Joyce Kelso, felt like she was chasing after her daughter's asthma rather than staying ahead of it.

"As a mom, there was nothing more terrifying than knowing Karma wasn't able to breathe," said Joyce. "It's scary, especially when you can hear your child wheezing and struggling that way."

After the family's pediatrician referred them to Nationwide Children's Hospital to see an asthma specialist, Joyce downloaded AsthmaCare, a mobile app developed by experts at Nationwide Children's designed to help patients and their families better manage their asthma. Because of this resource, Karma has improved significantly.

"It was definitely hard to ..."

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Children in lower-income areas more susceptible to asthma

Arizona Capitol Times

Alejandra Armstrong


Children in the state’s lower-income urban communities suffer more serious bouts of asthma caused by dirty air and other pollutants – despite decades of state and local monitoring and repeated concerns that air in their neighborhoods is dangerous to their health.

A Cronkite News analysis of hospital emergency room admissions by ZIP code between 2009 and 2015 shows that children living in areas like south and west Phoenix, Maryvale or neighborhoods along Interstate 17, to name a few, were more likely to need urgent medical care for asthma than children living elsewhere in the Valley.

Topping this list is ZIP code 85008, a neighborhood just north of Sky Harbor International Airport, with more than 1,600 children requiring emergency

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Study: Most asthma research does not apply to black children


By Stephen Feller

May 12, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, May 12 (UPI) -- Genetic risk factors for asthma identified in recent years may not apply to black children, or other minorities, due to studies including only white asthma patients, researchers say.

A new study conducted by the University of California San Francisco found nearly all known genetic risk factors for asthma could not be replicated with black patients, finding instead other genetic markers that may increase risk for the condition.

Asthma is the most common chronic medical condition in children of all racial and ethnic groups. In the United States, prevalence is highest among Puerto Ricans, at 18.4 percent, followed by 14.6 percent of African-Americans, 8.2 percent of whites and 4.8 percent of Mexicans. Among these groups ...

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Join CALC for a #WellnessWed Twitter Chat on Childhood Asthma Wednesday, May 18

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May is Asthma Awareness Month, an important opportunity for parents, students, advocates, and health professionals to discuss the effects of childhood asthma and what more needs to be done to help children who suffer from this disease. Do you know what childhood asthma is, how many kids the disease affects, and how to manage the symptoms of childhood asthma?

And what more can legislators do to ensure that young children, students, their families, schools, and communities have access to the resources they need to help treat and manage childhood asthma?

This Wednesday May 18, join First Focus, MomsRising, The American Lung Association, and the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative for a Wellness Wednesday Twitter Chat on childhood asthma.

Asthma is one of the most serious chronic diseases in the U.S., affecting almost 26 million Americans and nearly 7 million children. It can cause shortness of breath, coughing,wheezing, chest pain, and even death.

DATE: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TIME: 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET

HOSTS: @First_Focus , @MomsRising, @LungAssociation, @HealthyHousing

DIRECTIONS: When the Twitter Chat begins, follow #WellnessWed on Twitter. When you see a question (Q1, Q2, etc.), respond with your answer (A1, A2, etc.) and include #WellnessWed.

We hope you join us!

Many of D.C.'s poor children struggle with asthma, and officials might make it worse for some

Reading Eagle

WASHINGTON - Washington is a city that wheezes. It has one of the highest rates of asthma in the country. Those who suffer from the disease cluster in the city's poorest communities, where asthmatic children are 10 times more likely to visit the emergency room than in wealthy neighborhoods. Some of the most dangerous air for these children to breathe, studies say, is laced with exhaust.

So advocates were alarmed when officials announced this year that they're planning to open a shelter for homeless families within a football field's length of the District of Columbia's largest bus garage - one of the city's biggest producers of exhaust, a known asthma trigger.

The proposal, announced in February, is part of a ...

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2016 Pediatric Asthma Education Conference

Pediatric Asthma Education Conference
Tuesday May 10, 2016
Lipscomb University Ezell Center

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The annual Pediatric Asthma Education Conference is designed for anyone who works with asthmatic children. It's a continuing education opportunity for providers, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, case managers, and students.

The online Conference Handbook includes the agenda, speakers, maps and more.

Download the latest conference agenda.

The conference fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Presentation handouts will be posted online prior to conference day for download but, if you prefer, a binder with hard copies may be purchased separately during the registration process. (See registration for details). Onsite registration opens at 8 a.m.

NOTE: The conference is in a different location on the Lipscomb campus than previous years. Use this link to see the campus map to find the Ezell building and free parking.