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Asthma Support Group

Coping with asthma on daily basis can be very frustrating. The Asthma Institute Support Group meetings can help to facilitate discussion and often leads to helpful tips that others have used to deal with their disease.
 
The Asthma Institute Support Group meetings take place via conference call and/or Internet. This group is scheduled to meet the 3rd Monday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m.
 
Learn more about the support group and read summaries of previous asthma group discussions.

Support Group

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
6 to 7 p.m.
 
In February 2011, Heather Snyder received a life-saving lung transplant after being critically ill with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a scarring lung disease.
 
Join us for a discussion with Heather about her journey - and let her story inspire others' advocacy for patients with severe asthma!
 
Heather will participate in a Q&A with Sally Wenzel, MD, Director, and Deborah Gillman, PhD, Psychologist, and take questions from participants on the call.
 
RSVP to gillmanda@upmc.edu or 412-864-2404.
 
To participate via conference call:
US Only: 1-877-262-2695
Access Code: 7844431
 

Clinical Guidelines 

At the request of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) issued a comprehensive update of clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma.

The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) also has provided guidelines for the management of asthma. These guidelines provide new guidance on selecting treatment based on a patient’s individual needs and level of asthma control.

The guidelines emphasize that asthma severity and symptoms can change over time so treatment needs to be adjusted as needed. The guidelines also stress that patients need the skills to self-monitor and manage their asthma using a written asthma action plan.

The Asthma Institute works with patients to build their skills and gives them tools to manage their asthma.
 

Respiratory Reader

The newsletter, the Respiratory Reader, offers valuable information on new initiatives and case studies, some of which are eligible for online CME credit through the University of Pittsburgh.
 

UPMC Health Library

Learn more about asthma with helpful images under the asthma section of the UPMC Health Library.
 

New Research

Check out the cutting-edge research about a new subset of asthma called asthmatic granulomatosis.

Clinical Trials

To learn more about the research studies and clinical studies available through the Asthma Institute, click here and select "pulmonary/respiratory" from the drop-down menu.
granulomatosis here.

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