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Airlines Complementary and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Air Pollution Alternative Therapies (Fragrances, Pesticides)
Allergy Medicines Disabilities Nutrition
Allergy Shots/Immunotherapy Insurance/Information Occupational Asthma
Allergy Testing Exercise/Sports Pregnancy
Anaphylaxis Flu Shots Prescription Assistance
Asthma Camps Food Allergy Rhinitis/Hay Fever
Asthma devices Healthy Homes & Housing Schools
Asthma in the Elderly Health Insurance Sinusitis
Asthma/Allergy Specialists Indoor Environments Skin Allergy
Asthma Medicines Insect Stings (Eczema, Urticaria)
Childcare Settings Just For Kids Statistics
Clinical Trials Latex Allergy Tobacco Smoke
  Mold Travel Tips


Airlines

US Department of Transportation Guidance (PDF)
US Federal Aviation Administration-Pets in Cabin FAQ's
US Department of Transportation Aviation Consumer Protection Division Organization and Functions
US Department of Transportation Aviation Report on Disability-Related Air Travel Complaints
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network: Flying with a Peanut Allergy
Pet Flight: Airline Travel for Pets


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Air Pollution

AIR Now
California Air Resources Board
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Air Pollution and Respiratory Health
US Environmental Protection Agency: Toxic Air Pollutants
Physicians for Social Responsibility: Air Pollution and Health
Physicians for Social Responsibility: Asthma and the Role of Air Pollution (PDF)


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Allergy Medicines

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology: Allergy Medications


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Allergy Shots/Immunotherapy

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember, What are "Allergy Shots"?
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Allergen Immunotherapy

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Allergy Testing

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember, What is "Allergy Testing"?
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Allergy Testing


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Anaphylaxis

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: Tips to Remember, What is "Anaphylaxis"?
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Anaphylaxis


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Asthma Camps

The Consortium of Children's Asthma Camps
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Camping Safe with Asthma and Allergies


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Asthma Devices

Mayo Clinic: Asthma Inhalers, How They Work
Nemours Foundation, Kids Health: Inhaler or Nebulizer, Which One Should My Kid Use?


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Asthma in the Elderly

US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Considerations for Diagnosing and Managing Asthma in the Elderly


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Asthma/Allergy Specialists

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Find an Allergist
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Role of the Allergist/Immunologist
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: How Do I Find an Allergist?


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Asthma Medicines

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: Treatments and Medications for Lung Diseases
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Asthma Medications
American Academy of Family Physicians, Family Doctor: Asthma: Controller and Quick-Relief Medicine
American Medical Association: New Approaches to Treating Asthma: What Medications Are Used to Treat Asthma?
Mayo Clinic: Asthma Medications: Know Your Options
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics: Asthma Medication Chart (PDF)


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Child Care Settings

US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: How Asthma Friendly Is Your Childcare Setting?


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Clinical Trials

US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Asthma Clinical Research Network: Participating Organizations
US National Institutes of Health, Clinical Trials: Clinical Research
American Lung Association: Asthma Clinical Research Centers
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: The Importance of Clinical Research Trials


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Complementary and Alternative Therapies

The Cleveland Clinic: Alternative Therapy for Asthma
Asthma Initiative of Michigan: Complementary or Alternative Asthma Treatments


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Disabilities Insurance/Information

Disability Info: Health Laws & Regulations
America's Health Insurance Plans: Guide to Disability Income Insurance


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Exercise/Sports

The National Jewish Medical and Research Center: Exercise-Induced Asthma
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Exercise-Induced Asthma
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Exercising With Allergies and Asthma
Mayo Clinic: Exercising With Allergies and Asthma
Coalition of Health for Asthmatics in Sports and Exercise


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Flu Shots

American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: Flu Shots Urged for People with Asthma
Mayo Clinic: Flu Shots Urged for People with Asthma


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Food Allergy

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
The Food Allergy Initiative
American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Food allergy
American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: About Food Allergies
US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Food Allergy
National Jewish Medical Research Center: Allergies to Food
American Academy of Family Physicians: Food Allergies Just the Facts
Kids With Food Allergies


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GERD/Acid Reflux Disease

The Cleveland Clinic: GERD and Asthma


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Healthy Homes & Housing

US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Alliance for Healthy Homes
American Lung Association: Health House
National Center for Healthy Housing: National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network


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Health Insurance

America's Health Insurance Plans: Health Decisions
America's Health Insurance Plans: Guide to Health Insurance
US Department of Health and Human Services: Your children may be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance!
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners: State Department of Insurance Websites
American Diabetes Association: Health Insurance in your State
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Guide to Health Care Plans
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Health Insurance


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Indoor Environments

US Environmental Protection Agency: Asthma Awareness Month
US Environmental Protection Agency: Want to Fight Childhood Asthma?
US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Allergy and Asthma
US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Airborne Allergens (PDF)
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Indoor Allergens
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: House Dust Allergy
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Pet Allergy


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Insect Sting

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Insect Stings
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Insect Stings


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Just For Kids

US Environmental Protection Agency: No Attacks
US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: Asthma Awareness: Curriculum for the Elementary Classroom
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Just For Kids
The National Jewish Medical and Research Center: The Asthma Wizard
Child Dynamics Research and Charitable Foundation: Asthma Explorers Club
Starlight, Starbright Children's Foundation: Quest for the Code


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Latex Allergy

US Department of Labor: Safety and Health Topics
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Latex allergy
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Latex allergy
American Latex Allergy Association


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Mold

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Mold
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Mold Links
US Environmental Protection Agency: Mold Resources
US National Library of Medicine: Molds
US Department of Housing and Urban Development: Controlling and Preventing Household Mold 
NAS Institute of Medicine: Damp Indoor Spaces and Health


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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (Fragrances, Pesticides)

US Department of Labor: Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Syndrome
The American Academy of Family Physician: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome
The Chemical Injury Information Network
Healthcare without Harm: Fragrances
Fragranced Products Information Network
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Referral & Resources


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Nutrition

The National Jewish Medical and Research Center: Nutrition


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Occupational Asthma

US Department of Labor: Occupational Asthma
Mayo Clinic: Occupational Asthma
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Occupational Asthma
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Occupational Asthma


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Pregnancy

US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: Working Group Report on Managing Asthma During Pregnancy
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Asthma and Pregnancy
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: When Pregnancy is Complicated by Allergies and Asthma
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Practical Tips for Managing Asthma when Pregnant


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Prescription Assistance

American Society of Health System Pharmacists
Rx Assistance: Patient Assistance Program Center
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Rx Outreach
National Council on Aging: Benefits Checkup
National Council of State Legislatures: State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
Needy Meds
Chronic Disease Fund


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Rhinitis/Hay Fever

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Rhinitis
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Rhinitis


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Schools

American Association of School Administrators: Asthma Wellness (PDF)
American School Health Association: Journal of School Health
US Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Asthma
US Environmental Protection Agency - Managing Asthma in Schools
National Association of State Boards of Education: Sample Policy for a School Asthma Program
National Association of State Boards of Education - Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Asthma (PDF)
National Association of School Nurses: Asthma Management in a School Setting
US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: Lung Diseases Information
US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools (2003 Edition)
US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: Asthma Awareness: Curriculum for the Elementary Classroom
FoodAllergyAdvocate.com/504Plan


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Sinusitis

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Sinusitis
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Sinusitis


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Skin Allergy (Eczema, Urticaria)

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Allergic Skin Conditions
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Skin Allergy Medications
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Urticaria


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Statistics

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Asthma Statistics
US Environmental Protection Agency - Asthma Fact Sheet (PDF)


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Tobacco Smoke

AAP/Children's National Medical Center - Smoke Free Homes
Nemours Foundation: Smoking and Asthma


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Travel Tips

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Tips to Remember: Traveling with Allergies and Asthma


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