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All offices close early Friday, May 25th, & are closed Monday May 28th for the Holiday

All offices are closed at 12:00 noon, Friday 5/25/18 & are closed all day Monday, 5/28/18 in the observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Enjoy!

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IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY BUT IT’S SOMETIMES TOO LATE

Is your child going to camp or some other summer program?  Will you need to have forms filled out to give any medications when he or she is there?  Please get the forms to us now.  It takes us a … Continue reading

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FLU SHOTS ARE HERE!

Influenza vaccine (flu shot) for the 2017-2018 season is  available in all offices starting Monday, September 18.  Call to schedule your flu shot as soon as possible!

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WHAT PATIENTS REALLY THINK ABOUT ASTHMA GUIDELINES

FCAAIA Notes:  The first national guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma were published in 1993, with updates and revisions more recently.  Guidelines are just that-they are not rules or laws.  But, they are evidence based recommendations to help … Continue reading

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PREDICTIVE FACTORS FOR MODERATE OR SEVERE EXACERBATIONS IN ASTHMA PATIENTS RECEIVING OUTPATIENT CARE

FCAAIA Notes: This study tells us that the best predictor of having a moderate or severe asthma exacerbation is a history of a previous such flare.  Incorrect inhaler technique was also predictive. Of course, correct inhaler technique is a subset … Continue reading

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FOOD ALLERGY: CONSENSUS REPORT STRESSES DIAGNOSTIC ACCURACY

FCAAIA Notes: The best test for diagnosis of food allergy is a thorough history as to what happens with ingestion.  Tests for food allergy can help confirm or refute a diagnostic suspicion (which means the physician needs to have a … Continue reading

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ASTHMA DURING PREGNANCY: EXACERBATIONS, MANAGEMENT, AND HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR MOTHER AND INFANT

FCAAIA Notes: In pregnancy, about 1/3 of mothers with asthma get worse, 1/3 get better, and 1/3 remain the same.  The pattern tends to be the same from one pregnancy to the next.  The control often improves in the last … Continue reading

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AS POLLEN COUNTS RISE, TEST SCORES FALLAustin Frakt THE NEW HEALTH CARE

FCAAIA Notes: There are old data showing that poorly controlled allergies have as much impact on school performance as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®).  So do you want your child taking Benadryl before final exams? Allergies also have a great impact on health-related … Continue reading

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IS RESPONSE TO ALLERGY IMMUNOTHERAPY PREDICTABLE?

FCAAIA Notes: Allergen immunotherapy (IT) is the only disease-modifying treatment and thus the only potential cure for allergies. People respond at different rates to different extents, but it is a highly effective treatment. For IT to be helpful, you need … Continue reading

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IS THERE A ROLE FOR WEIGHT LOSS IN OBESE PATIENTS WITH ASTHMA?

FCAAIA Notes: Weight loss and good physical conditioning are so important in virtually every aspect of health that we should not just concentrate on asthma. It is pretty clear that obesity contributes to diminished respiratory status with more shortness of … Continue reading

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