Jun 4, 2013
One in 11 American children has asthma -- a chronic disease that cannot be cured, but can be controlled. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), celebrated Asthma Awareness Month with a Google+ Hangout on Air for parents and caregivers to learn how to help control a child's asthma so that they can breathe easier.
Hangout panelists included Tracey Mitchell, registered respiratory therapist and certified asthma educator from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. James Kiley, director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the NHLBI at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Dr. Suzanne Beavers, a senior epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and panel moderator Dr. Stephen Teach, chief of Allergy and Immunology and the associate chief of Emergency Medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Teach is also the principal investigator and medical director of IMPACT DC (Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia), an asthma research, surveillance, advocacy, and care program, and he serves as the site principal investigator for the NIH-funded Inner City Asthma Consortium for Washington.