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

ative medical technologies used to diagnose, palliate and treat a range of digestive and pulmonary diseases.  "Through support of public education and awareness programs, we can help patients take control of asthma with proper management and treatment."

In recognition of Asthma Awareness Month, Boston Scientific hosted a webinar on May 4 to educate asthma-treating physicians about asthma management and the Alair® Bronchial Thermoplasty System, an innovative device-based procedure for treating severe asthma.  A replay of the webinar, presented by Mario Castro, M.D., of the Washington University School of Medicine, is available at www.visualwebcaster.com/vwp/player/launch.asp?id=77807.  In addition, Boston Scientific will support AdvaMed's Medtech Day on May 24 at the California State Capitol in Sacramento to bring attention to new medical technologies, including bronchial thermoplasty to treat severe asthma.  It is estimated that 5 to 10 percent of those suffering from asthma in the U.S. are diagnosed with severe persistent asthma.

In 2010, Boston Scientific acquired Asthmatx, which has developed the Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System, a catheter-based outpatient procedure that provides long-lasting and improved asthma control for adult severe asthma patients.  Clinical data show bronchial thermoplasty is safe and effective in managing severe, persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with drugs.  For more information, visit www.BTforAsthma.com.

For more information about asthma, including the findings from a significant asthma survey conducted by AAFA, visit www.aafa.org/SevereAsthma.

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