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May 2, 2014

NACI In the Know eAlert

Make a World of Difference on World Asthma Day (May 6)

What would you do if someone (be it a stranger, friend, or loved one) next to you—on the bus, on the subway, in line at the grocery store, or at the gym—suddenly had trouble breathing because of asthma?

You would help.

But what if you could help that person with a couple of simple clicks of your mouse before he or she lost a single breath?

This Asthma Awareness Month (May) and World Asthma Day (May 6), you can.

How? By taking the following steps to spread the message that asthma—a chronic lung disease that affects 1 in 12 people and can be disabling or deadly—can be controlled with proper treatment.

  • "Get Asthma Aware" Thunderclapexternal link icon
    Thunderclap is an online action site where you can share the same message through your favorite social media channels in a single stroke. Join the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI's) Asthma Thunderclap by May 6 to increase asthma awareness.
  • Twitter Chat: Coping with Asthmaexternal link icon
    U.S. News and the NHLBI will co-host a Twitter chat about coping with asthma on May 14, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET. Join us and follow the chat using #AsthmaChatexternal link icon.
  • "Respirar es vida" Video
    Watch "Respirar es vida" ("Breath of life") to learn how young Jose's parents created an "asthma team"—composed of them and their son; a doctor and nurse; a promotora (community health educator); a teacher and school nurse; and a coach—to help Jose control his asthma. (English captioning is available.)

For more, visit the National Asthma Control Initiative.

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