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NACI In the Know: Assess Asthma Control

April, 2010

NACI Breaking News

Turning Research into Reality: The NACI Launches a New Era in Keeping Airways Open

Welcome to the first edition of NACI in the Know, a quarterly e-newsletter from the National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI).

The NACI is a new initiative of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

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GIP in Focus

Six Steps Toward Transforming a Life

"We have the opportunity to bring a breath of fresh air into asthma treatment, and create an environment that truly supports excellent patient-centered asthma care," said Kurtis S. Elward M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.F.P.

A family physician and Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Elward has been on the forefront of streamlining asthma assessment and treatment across Virginia and nationally.

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Asthma Research into Action

Running Toward Better Asthma Management

Image of young boy being examined by a physician At age 14, Dr. Stanley Szelfer hung up his running shoes for good. He did it because his doctor told him that he'd die of an asthma attack if he continued to run track. The potentially fatal nature of asthma was driven home by his cousin dying of asthma-related complications.

The resulting sadness, and frustration about having the disease, was—in part—what spurred Dr. Szelfer to pursue a career in medicine and ultimately become an asthma expert.

Today, Dr. Szelfer is a key member of the Expert Panel 3, a group convened by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to update clinical guidelines for asthma. He also is a pediatrician and specialist in allergy and immunology who's committed to finding better ways to manage asthma.

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NACI Partner Profile

NIOSH: Working All Hours to
Stop Asthma 9 to 5

Logo of National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Joining the National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) in its fight for increased awareness and use of science-based asthma guidelines is the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Founded in 1996, NIOSH is a leader in putting research into practice in workplace settings around the country, thus reducing injuries and illnesses.

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Last Updated February 2011

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