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Asthma patients, with a specific genetic profile, exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and collaborators. The study appeared online in Scientific Reports.
“It’s Asthma” is a tailored health education resource targeted toward adolescents and emerging adults with asthma that provides information about indoor environmental asthma triggers and strategies to reduce exposure to these triggers. “It’s Asthma” consists of six infographics that focus on five common indoor environmental asthma triggers (i.e., secondhand smoke, pets, mold, dust mites, and pests), and can be used to assist adolescents and emerging adults with their asthma management. DeAndra Morris, an ASPPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellow hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division, has created the “It’s Asthma” Infographic Series as part of her participation and training in the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Public Health Fellowship Program.
English, Education/Outreach Materials, Other
Evaluation of the Environmental Scoring System in Multiple Child Asthma Intervention Programs in Boston, Massachusetts
Our study demonstrated that the Environmental Scoring System is a useful tool for measuring home asthma triggers and can be applied regardless of program and survey designs, and that demographics of the target population may influence the improvement in asthma outcomes.
Document (PDF, Word, Excel)
This Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) resource center, made possible through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is designed to advance implementation of CDC’s 6|18 Initiative by Medicaid, state and local health departments, and other payers and purchasers. It offers practical resources and state examples to guide stakeholders in spending smarter for healthier populations. Learn about state technical assistance activities for CDC’s 6|18 Initiative. New state technical assistance will launch in October 2018.
English, Implementation Guide, Website
Using this home assessment can help make homes healthier.
English, Document (PDF, Word, Excel), Environmental Assessment/Checklist
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ are marking this year’s World Asthma Day with the launch of a revolutionary new online ‘Teachers’ Asthma Toolkit’.
Community Health/Outreach Worker Tool, English, Training/Educational Kit
Allergens are widespread, but highly variable in U.S. homes, according to the nation’s largest indoor allergen study to date. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health report that over 90 percent of homes had three or more detectable allergens, and 73 percent of homes had at least one allergen at elevated levels. The findings (link is external) were published November 30 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
English, Home/Housing, Website
A new study looked at whether allergy-causing substances in the home influence kids’ risk of developing asthma. The results provide clues for preventing asthma before it develops.
This infographic was developed to help inform Medicaid members about access to spacers/valved-holding chambers, and why they should be used.
Asthma Friendly Policies, English, Document (PDF, Word, Excel)