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ACAAI Annual Meeting abstracts: Improved outcomes for adults with allergies and asthma
Date:11/4/2011

ession, body mass index and confidence in managing their asthma.

The study showed depression and poorer physical and emotional status were associated with lower quality of life for participants in addition to the traditional indicators of poor asthma control.

"A more integrative approach is necessary in treating older adults with asthma," says allergist Jacqueline Ross, MD, ACAAI member. "If we treat the physical aspects of the disease as well as the psychological and social aspects, we may find greater success in asthma control and improved quality of life for seniors."

Title: Factors Associated with Asthma Quality of Life and Control among Older Adults

By the numbers: Of the nearly 25 million Americans with asthma, more than 2.5 million are 65 or older. In 2009, more than 1 million of them had an asthma attack or episode.

Treatment Guidelines Not Followed After Food-Induced Anaphylaxis

National guidelines recommend that patients who go to the emergency department for food-induced anaphylaxis, a life-threatening event, should fill an epinephrine auto-injector prescription after discharge and follow up with an allergist. The number of people who actually follow these recommendations is low, according to a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 3-8.

In the first year after food-induced anaphylaxis, among 1,370 adults, researchers found just 55 percent filled an epinephrine autoinjector prescription and only 22 percent saw an allergist.

"It's important for anyone who experiences anaphylaxis to follow up with an allergist to have the allergen identified, learn how to use self-injectable epinephrine and discuss scenarios when its use is needed," says Carlos Camargo, MD, associate professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. "More research is needed to understand whether physicians need more education about anaphylaxis o
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Contact: Ashley Mattys
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American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
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