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Boston Scientific Supports Asthma Awareness Month With Donation to Asthma Foundation
Date:5/10/2011

NATICK, Mass., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced its donation to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to support education initiatives designed to increase public awareness of asthma management and treatment.  The Company's support coincides with Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in May.  

According to AAFA, more than 20 million Americans suffer from asthma -- a respiratory disease that causes the airways in the lungs to narrow, making it difficult to breathe.  This condition can cause a significant negative impact on the quality of life for people with asthma, and in some cases can be life threatening.  Asthma accounts for approximately 13 million asthma attacks, 2 million emergency room visits, 500,000 hospitalizations and 4,000 deaths each year in the U.S.  Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates 300 million people suffer from asthma with 250,000 asthma-related deaths annually.  It is one of the most common and costly diseases in the world and its prevalence has increased significantly in recent decades.  Although there is no existing cure for asthma, it can be managed with proper education and treatment.

AAFA is the largest asthma and allergy patient advocacy organization in the world, with a focus on developing health education programs to promote national awareness, organizing state and national advocacy efforts, and funding research for better treatments and cures.  Through its programs, AAFA is helping to improve the quality of life for patients and families living with asthma.

"We applaud AAFA in their dedication to educate and improve the quality of life for people with asthma and are proud to sponsor their efforts to promote asthma awareness," said David Pierce, President of Boston Scientific's Endoscopy Division, which develops innov
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