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Latina Actress and Author Dayanara Torres Launches Online Asthma Education Resource for Hispanic Community in Partnership with Merck and AAFA
Date:7/21/2010

MIAMI, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Understanding and managing asthma is not always easy, especially without adequate patient resources. That's why Puerto Rican actress, author and mother of two children with asthma, Dayanara Torres, has partnered with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Merck to launch the Asma En Espanol initiative, a new Spanish asthma education web resource to help patients learn more about asthma triggers and ways to manage the disease. Joining Dayanara Torres in this effort is Dr. Jaime Alvarez, an allergist, immunologist and asthma expert based in Miami, FL.

Asthma affects approximately 2.7 million Hispanic American patients including 500,000 Hispanic American children in the United States. The disease also may affect Puerto Ricans at a higher rate than other Hispanic groups in America. In addition, Puerto Rican children experience a higher prevalence of lifetime asthma diagnoses and recent asthma attacks compared to non-Hispanic white and black children and Mexican children.

"Asthma is quite prevalent in the Hispanic American community. Yet, there are few resources in Spanish to help patients understand their disease," said Dr. Alvarez. "The Asma En Espanol initiative provides tools that can help patients and parents of children with asthma in our community understand and manage their disease."

An important step to managing asthma is understanding the disease and what can trigger an asthma attack. Understanding what causes asthma can help patients achieve better asthma control. A recent survey* of 202 Hispanic American asthma sufferers and 203 caregivers of children with asthma conducted by AAFA
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