How Much Unmanaged Asthma Costs Medicaid Plans

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects the airways in the lungs. It can be triggered by allergens, like dust mites and pet dander. Asthma causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes, leading to swelling that narrows the airways and reduces airflow. This makes breathing more difficult for people with asthma. Medicaid plans in the US spend more than $20 billion a year on asthma Medicaid plans in the US…

How Untreated Asthma Impacts Employee Productivity

Asthma is a common condition that can have a serious impact on employees' productivity and health. In fact, the American Lung Association estimates that 7 million Americans are living with undiagnosed asthma. This number accounts for nearly half of all people who have asthma symptoms but don't realize they do. The good news? When people with asthma get early diagnosis and treatment, their symptoms improve dramatically and absenteeism drops by…

Ketogenic diet may help asthma sufferers: study

The ketogenic diet may help asthma sufferers, according to a German study. How the keto diet works The ketogenic, or keto diet, is an extremely low-carb diet in which carbs are reduced to less than 10% of the total daily food intake, replaced mainly by lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.2 When the glucose normally found in carbs is eliminated, the body must find another source of fuel, so…

Direct And Second Hand Cigarette Smoke Exposure And Development Of Childhood Asthma

According to in-depth research, second hand cigarette smoke has significant implications for childhood asthma: “This is a comprehensive review about the role of direct and second hand cigarette smoke exposure in the development of childhood asthma. Smoking, both during pregnancy and postnatal have an adverse impact on the infant’s chances of developing respiratory illness. Second hand smoke exposure has also known to cause worsening of childhood asthma with an impact on hospital admissions. Correlation between…

Collagen Stiffness Plays Role In Asthma

Increased stiffness causes airway smooth muscle cells to constrict without inflammation A new study finds that manipulating the stiffness of the collagen-based support structure of airway cells could lead to a new treatment for asthma. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology. It was chosen as an APSselect article for June. Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects more than 300 million people across the globe. People with asthma experience tightening (constricting)…

The Chronic Conditions We’ve Ignored

With 25 million Americans suffering from Asthma, there’s much more that our healthcare system needs to do to help Respiratory health in the United States has received renewed attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Leading up to 2020, payors and self-insured employers emphasized almost every other major chronic condition - diabetes, prediabetes, blood pressure, and so on. But Asthma & COPD need to get the attention they deserve. These conditions are…

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