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World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day is May 2. The 2017 theme is "You Can Control Your Asthma."

Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children and affects more than a quarter-billion people around the globe.

Those who suffer from asthma also often suffer from allergies. Investigate these two respiratory conditions with your class using Science NetLinks’ resources during May, which is National Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month. Our Asthma and Allergies lesson helps explain the similarities and differences between these two ailments. In The Allergy Chronicles lesson, students research the immune system’s role in allergic reactions. Asthma and Allergies: The Science Inside tool features an easy-to-read booklet providing a basic understanding of these conditions, their relationship to each other, and prevention.

Students also can listen to the Anti-Asthma Bug podcast about a study linking asthma and allergies to the absence of a common stomach bug. The Science Update Asthma Patients looks at how people with "difficult-to-treat" asthma may not to be taking their medication regularly. Urban Greening looks at how strategically placed grass, ivy, and other greenery can significantly improve air quality, which pose serious problems for astham sufferers, in urban centers.


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