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OLBH Celebrates World Asthma Day with free Lung Function Tests May 1

OLBH will raise awareness and increase public knowledge of asthma and allergy management by participating in World Asthma Day, Tuesday May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ashland Town Center near the food court. OLBH Lung Health staff will provide free lung function screenings, answer questions and dispense educational materials.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2007 5.6 million children ages 5 - 17 reported to have asthma with the disease accounting for approximately 12.3 million missed school days in 2003. Asthma can be managed well with proper care, but it can be disruptive and even fatal without treatment.

World Asthma Day was established in 1998 by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to raise awareness and concern about asthma around the world. Some facts about asthma:
•    Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.
•    An asthma attack can be set off by various triggers such as smoke, dust, allergies, pets, outside air, cold air, paint fumes, illness, exercise, perfume, cleaners, smog, car fumes, mold, flowers, trees or grass. It is important for children to stay away from their known triggers in order to prevent an attack.
•    Warning signs and symptoms of asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and complaining of chest pain

The OLBH Lung Health program provides expertise in diagnosing and tracking asthma. For additional information, call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).

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