Asthma Friendly School
This program looks at how to create a better environment for people with asthma.
Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.
Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children.
Asthma and Hearing Loss
Living With and Managing Asthma
This report—presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health—describes asthma, its signs and symptoms, and ways to manage the disease. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, making it hard to breathe. The disease affects people of all ages, but it most often starts in childhood. People who have asthma may wheeze, cough, feel short of breath, or have chest tightness. Asthma can't be cured, but it can be controlled. People who have asthma, or those who have children with asthma, can take an active role in their treatment. For example, they can work with their health care providers to create an asthma action plan. This plan gives guidance on taking medicines properly, avoiding asthma triggers, tracking levels of asthma control, responding to worsening symptoms, and seeking emergency care when needed. When asthma is well controlled, most people who have the disease are able to live normal, active lives.
October 19, 2014
Hard to Breathe: NHLBI Researchers Seek Treatments for Severe Asthma
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, is researching potential treatments for severe asthma. This video features an interview with Dr. Stewart Lavine, an NHLBI researcher, who is conducting a clinical study to test new treatment options for patients who live with severe asthma. While 25 million Americans live with asthma, about 1.25 million of those individuals have severe asthma, a condition that can be difficult to control and treat. Learn more about his research by visiting the NHLBI Laboratory of Asthma and Lung Inflammation website:
Deafness from artillery and disease were common during the Revolutionary War.