Advocacy Archive

  • Friday Links – Breathing Blog News, Starfish Medicine

    Friday Links – Breathing Blog News, Starfish Medicine

    First off, a little Friday love for some other lung bloggers: Fun With Oximeters If you’re not reading Breathin’ Stephen’s Breathing Basics series, you should be. This post covers oxygen saturation. What is it? What makes it drop? How do doctors measure it? Find out over at Steve’s place. Well, Then Our very own Kerri [...]

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  • Friday Links – North American Asthma Care, Childhood Rates, Emotional Impacts

    Friday Links – North American Asthma Care, Childhood Rates, Emotional Impacts

    U.S. Asthma Care: Still Lacking 71% of these study participants had poorly controlled asthma, but 64% of them thought it was well controlled. Clearly, there’s a disconnect here somewhere. Canadian Kids Have Lowest Asthma Rates in 10+ Years Good job, my neighbors to the north. But on the other hand: Kids in Canada Feel Emotional [...]

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  • Friday Links – The Ig Nobels and Asthma, First-of-its-Kind Illinois Inhaler Law

    Friday Links – The Ig Nobels and Asthma, First-of-its-Kind Illinois Inhaler Law

    Carrying Inhalers Easier for Illinois Students Now A new Illinois law allows students to carry their own inhalers with only their prescriptions and written parental permission on file rather than also requiring a doctor’s note, as many schools around the country do. Considering the vast number of students with asthma in the U.S. and the [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – The Family Get-Together

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – The Family Get-Together

    Today’s question, from my email, is just in time for these pre-holiday months: How do you handle family gatherings (i.e. holidays and birthday parties) when someone in your extended family is sick? My family totally does not understand asthma, or asthmatic triggers. It seems like often during family gatherings, one of my nieces have a [...]

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  • Friday Links – Emma Stone’s On-Set Attack. Nutrition, Metabolism and Asthma Risk.

    Friday Links – Emma Stone’s On-Set Attack. Nutrition, Metabolism and Asthma Risk.

    When I used to work away from home, every so often I’d face a run of days packed with project deadlines and multiple little tasks but also the kind of minor obstacles and tiny problems that are the death of productivity. Meetings that drag on too long. Phone and email tag with project contacts. Fire [...]

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  • Cop Who Ignored Dying NY Asthma Girl Identified, Suspended

    Cop Who Ignored Dying NY Asthma Girl Identified, Suspended

    This is a Public Service Announcement for everyone, police officers or not and in New York or elsewhere, who might some day confront a man, woman, or child who is flaring and struggling to breathe. Asthma kills. Let me write that again: ASTHMA KILLS. It doesn’t happen very often. Most asthmatics can do everything that [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Medical Advocacy in Schools

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Medical Advocacy in Schools

    Speaking of asthma and school, as I’ve been doing here ad nauseum lately, Samantha has a question about groups that might help asthma parents resolve school issues. Samantha tells me her friend, another asthma mom, has been struggling with her child’s school over the timing and frequency of medication and nebulizer treatments and could use [...]

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  • Tuesdays are Your Turn – Confronting Public Smokers (Or Not)

    Tuesdays are Your Turn – Confronting Public Smokers (Or Not)

    Last week Kelley sent me this question: [W]e’ve been spending a lot of time outside at the beach, park, etc. Smoking is illegal here in all public parks including the beach, however, I always (at least every other time) have someone doing it anyway. Most people will go where they are supposed to when I [...]

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  • Talking About How We Talk About Asthma

    Talking About How We Talk About Asthma

    Talking about talking feels a lot like writing about writing. Both remind me of college. I was an English major and I never, not once, did I aspire to a master’s degree in my subject. Another area of concentration, sure, but never English. Because that degree? Involves a whole lot of writing about other people’s [...]

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