How will asthma care and health be affected by the economy? It is clear that we are in the midst of difficult economic times. Some of us can no longer bear to even pay attention to the changes in the stock market and the effect it is having on our savings. More importantly, the economic slowdown will cause job losses, and with them, loss of health insurance coverage. For many asthma sufferers, this will have an impact on being able to keep asthma under control, from being able to afford regular doctor appointments to affording quick-relief and controller medications . In addition, some individuals will need to move to a different housing arrangement. This may lead to more difficult trigger control as the home environment is an important factor in asthma control.
The economic slowdown will also have an impact on the role that public and non-profit resources play in controlling asthma. City and state governments across the country are already facing budget shortfalls and mandates t...
It's 2009, and that means we are all being forced to switch officially to the HFA type of asthma inhaler. Many other posts here have dealt with the whys and wherefores of this regulatory change, and you can read all about them on our HFA Inhalers page .
It's a fact that many people do not feel as though they're getting the same level of relief from the HFA inhalers, especially the HFA rescue inhalers, despite the fact that experts keep telling us that doesn't make sense. One thing is for sure, the HFA inhalers seem to be a permanent change we people with asthma are going to have to accept and get used to.
One of the other fall outs from this change, though, is a financial one. Because the HFA inhalers are all new to the market in the past couple of years, there are no generic versions available. (It takes 7 years for patent protection to expire, before generics can enter a pharmaceutical market.) And brand name medications are always more expensive. Again, I'm not here to...
<p><strong>What Is Asthma?</strong></p>
<p>Bronchial asthma is a condition caused by chronically hyper-reactive and inflamed airways, punctuated by acute episodes of reversible narrowing of the airways.</p>
<p>For reasons not fully understood, those suffering from asthma may be particularly sensitive to irritants such as dust, cold air, and viral infections. Such irritants may periodically cause bronchospasm—contraction of the muscles within the bronchi, which are the airways between the trachea and the air sacs of the lungs—and provoke increased mucus production. Attacks may be mild or severe and may last anywhere from a few minutes to days. The World Health Organization estimates that 235 million people worldwide are affected by asthma.</p>
<p>Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, and its prevalence appears to be rising in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C...
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