Asthma Week

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Asthma Week

Asthma Week

Welcome Message

Welcome to the "Asthma Week at the ATS"! In this awareness campaign, we would like to share information that will help guide patients and their families, advance research, and support health care providers in their efforts for treatment.

The word asthma comes from the Latin "asma" and the Greek "azein" that means "breathe hard". Indeed, patients with asthma suffer of shortness of breath, chest tightness, and cough. Asthma is a highly prevalent reversible obstructive lung disease that affects over 7% of the population of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. It is an important medical problem worldwide associated with significant personal, societal and economic burdens.

Inflammation and remodeling of the airways are hallmarks of asthma. Most patients have allergic asthma and avoidance of asthma triggers and adherence to medication are critical for disease management. Anti-inflammatory drugs and bronchodilators are the gold standard for treatment. However, many patients exhibit uncontrolled asthma, and new therapeutics are needed. In the last decade we have seen exciting and remarkable progress in understanding the asthma syndrome. Although there is currently no cure for asthma, multidisciplinary efforts in basic and clinical research will ensure the continued discovery of potential interventions to deliver individualized treatment for each asthmatic patient.

 

Blanca Camoretti-Mercado, PhD

Blanca Camoretti-Mercado, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of South Florida College of Medicine
Division of Allergy and Immunology
Board of Director, American Thoracic Society

Tonya Winders, MBA

Tonya Winders, MBA
Allergy and Asthma Network President & Chief Executive Officer 
Member, ATS Public Advisory Roundtable

 

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Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. Our patient-centered network unites individuals, families, healthcare professionals, industry and government decision makers to improve health and quality of life for Americans with asthma and allergies. We specialize in making accurate medical information relevant and understandable to all while promoting evidence-based standards of care.