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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Challenges Patients and Caregivers to 'Get Smart About Asthma'
Date:1/24/2013

WASHINGTON, Jan 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Teva Respiratory announced today the launch of Get Smart About Asthma, a comprehensive online asthma management resource that takes a unique look at the underlying cause of asthma – inflammation. The website – www.GetSmartAboutAsthma.com – aims to increase understanding of how inflammation in both the large and small airways plays an important role in asthma persistence or severity, in addition to providing tools and educational resources to help minimize and manage the symptoms associated with persistent asthma. Designed for the well-informed asthma patient or caregiver, the website features important information about the latest research in asthma. The site also provides downloadable toolkits and discussion guides to help people with asthma maintain open lines of communication with their healthcare providers. 

"Many of the 25 million Americans who suffer from asthma may know the basics about their condition, but GetSmartAboutAsthma.com will expand their knowledge even more," said Dr. LeRoy Graham , pediatric pulmonologist at Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates. "Asthma is a life-long condition that, if not managed properly, can also be life-threatening. It is important for patients to have a thorough understanding about their asthma, including how to manage chronic inflammation on a daily basis."

People with persistent asthma can develop ongoing inflammation in the large and small airways of the lungs. Asthma symptoms due to inflammation can be different depending on the severity, but common symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing and tightness in the chest. Despite chronic inflammation of the airways, people with
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