NEWS AND NOTES featuring ASAP@GBMC and Dr. Alvin Sanico:Hampstead youth learns to live with asthma
Article about sports and asthma by Erica Kritt of the Carrol County Times.Read More... Armed Against Allergies
Article about spring allergies by Meredith Cohn of the Baltimore Sun.Read More... Salt Rooms and Asthma
Article with warning about salt rooms by Laura Johannes of the Wall Street Journal.Read More... Hype About Hypoallergenic Pets
Allergies, interview by Kate Shatzkin of the Baltimore Sun.Read More... Allergies, Asthma, and the Presidential Pet
There is no such thing as a "hypoallergenic" dog breed, blog by Dr. Sanico.Read More... Baltimore Magazine
The design of state-of-the-art medical centers such as ASAP@GBMC is
a reflection that they are up-to-date, article by Jane MarionRead More... WBAL Channel 11
You could be suffering from allergy symptoms and not even know it,
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Allergies, Asthma and Influenza
The presence as well as clinical presentation of these problems can overlap and cause confusion. In a seminar titled "Allergies? Asthma? Flu? Know What To Do"
held last fall at GBMC, Dr. Alvin Sanico
and Howard County Health Officer Dr. Peter Beilenson
discussed the similarities, differences, and connections between these prevalent problems. Attendees learned how to recognize, respond to, and reduce the risks related to these conditions. While most people affected by flu could simply stay home to recover and avoid infecting others, thousands have been hospitalized because of severe and even fatal complications. Recent findings in the US
and in the UK
both show that among patients hospitalized for swine flu-related problems, majority have an underlying medical condition, the most common of which is asthma. Patients with asthma need to have an updated Asthma Action Plan, and should get both the seasonal flu shot as well as swine flu shot instead of the inhaled Flumist vaccine. Important information for patients and parents of asthmatics can be found at this link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
. The H1N1 flu vaccine is currently available in ASAP@GBMC for our patients with asthma. A list of flu shot clinics near you can be found at the this link to the American Lung Association
.Advancing Asthma Awareness
To help coaches and others involved in youth sports reduce, recognize and respond to asthma attacks among athletes, a seminar titled "Winning with Asthma"
was held at the GBMC Conference Center as part of the Asthma Awareness Month in May 2009. Doug Smith of the sponsor GBMC Foundation
gave the welcome remarks. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
gave an inspiring talk about athletes who do not allow asthma to get in the way of achieving their goals. Baltimore Ravens head athletic trainer Bill Tessendorf
gave an informative presentation on how coaches and trainers can help asthmatic athletes perform to the best of their abilities.Dr. Alvin Sanico
gave an educational talk about the prevalence and pathophysiology of asthma and the various steps to address this problem. Baltimore Ravens player Haruki Nakamura
shared his compelling story about how he grew up with asthma yet was able to compete in various sports and eventually get to play in the NFL. Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
director Susan Sweitzer presented the above speakers a plaque of appreciation for volunteering their time and effort in this endeavor. Attendees received a Certificate of Participation with the signature of Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Coaches involved in any youth sport who were not able to attend can go online to get information about the Coach's Asthma Clipboard Program
.Ford Focuses on Allergy with Fusion of Health and Technology
Recognizing the impact of allergies and asthma, the American automaker has developed a way for drivers to check pollen counts while on the go. Drivers of vehicles equipped with the Ford SYNC AppLink can now use voice commands to have pertinent information be read to them and be displayed on the dashboard. The data generated by Pollen.com is aggregated by the Allergy Alert app, which takes into account the vehicle's location provided by a GPS receiver. More details about this development can be read in the announcement from Ford
. A Mild Winter Moved Spring Forward
As early as February 22 this year, the tree pollen counts began to rise sooner than expected. Dr. Sanico answered questions about this topic from TV viewers the following day during a guest appearance with morning news anchor Patrice Harris of Fox45. He has since been interviewed at the ASAP@GBMC in Physicians Pavilion North by reporters Myranda Stephens also of Fox 45 and by Linda So of ABC2 News
who discussed the impact of the unusually warmer weather resulting in earlier onset of symptoms among those who have pollen allergies. Dr. Sanico was also interviewed and quoted about this topic in the April 23 issue of TIME Magazine
. You can track pollen counts in your area by using the widget on the right from pollen.com
100 Most Challenging Places for Asthma and Allergies
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
again cited Baltimore Maryland as one of the most challenging places to live for people with asthma or allergies. Baltimore ranks 58th in the 2011 list of Asthma Capitals
and 84th in the 2012 list of Allergy Capitals
. The ASAP@GBMC has teamed with the AAFA Maryland-DC Chapter
and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
to provide free asthma screening and public education on how to reduce, recognize and respond to asthma attacks. Although asthma and allergies can be challenging conditions, they can certainly be controlled with the right approach.
An Old Dog Tale That Keeps Going
The Washington Post
published a story headlined "Hypoallergenic pets may be only a myth based on a study of 60 dog breeds." Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that the homes with so-called hypoallergenic dogs actually did not have lower levels of dog allergens compared to those with other breeds. Such stories should no longer be surprising. Dr. Sanico discussed common misconceptions about canine (and cat) allergens in a blog
and an interview with the Baltimore Sun
several years ago. Hopefully these articles can help temper the hype about non-existing hypoallergenic dogs. The good news is that pets could continue to provide joyful companionship instead of consternation, for those who choose to keep them, if successful strategies are applied.
Dr. Sanico was selected as a 2013 Top Doctor in a list published by the US News & World Report
based on nominations submitted by other doctors and reviewed by the physician-led research team of Castle Connolly. Each year, they survey thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals and ask them to identify excellent doctors in every specialty in their region and throughout the nation.