Archives Aug. 20, 2012

Health Care Providers and Asthma Condition Management

DoctorThe first line of defense in diagnosing and treating asthma is a patient’s health care provider. Nevertheless, asthma condition management remains an under-recognized need. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) created Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3), which gives physician’s a new look at the control and prevention of asthma attacks and symptoms.

In the updated guidelines, the NAEPP outlines six clinical practice recommendations to aid with asthma condition management. These include:

1. The use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). According to the NAEPP, inhaled corticosteroids are one of the most effective and preferred ...


Working with Your Child on Asthma Control

KELLER LOVES PLAYING IN THE LEAVESAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma is the most prevalent chronic disorder in children. In 2009, the CDC found that asthma affected 7.1 million children and youths under the age of 18, and more than half of that population suffered an asthma attack or episode during the same year. Furthermore, asthma was the top third reason for hospitalization in children under the age of 15 in 2006 and was the top reason for school absenteeism in 2009. Asthma control is a big deal, both for children who suffer from the disease and for their ...


Asthma in Children and Our Growing National Health Care Costs

DollarThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2009, 24.6 million American adults had asthma. During the same year, the disease affected 7.1 million children under the age of 18. As for the financial impact, the CDC estimates that the direct cost of treating asthma in children and adults is about $50.1 billion, while indirect costs amount to $5.9 billion, for a total of $56 billion annually.

The Price of Asthma

The occurrence of asthma, a lifelong disease, is on the rise. For example, from 2001 to 2009, the number of people diagnosed ...