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Free asthma fair set for Nov. 11 (10-19-00)

Incidence of asthma and other pulmonary diseases seems to increase this time of year. Do you find yourself hard-pressed to breathe as autumn and winter roll in? If so, you might benefit from a free Asthma Fair to be offered at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC).

The Asthma Fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in UTHSC’s Allied Health/Research Building, 8403 Floyd Curl Drive. The building is a quarter-mile west of the intersection of Wurzbach Road and Floyd Curl. The fair will provide useful information in managing this sometimes debilitating condition.

Adults and children are welcome. Children 5 and older, and adults, may undergo free screening “spirometry,” a test to measure breathing capacity and air flow.

Faculty from UTHSC’s School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Medical School will deliver educational and training sessions designed to help asthmatics and their loved ones. The sessions will cover topics such as asthma triggers and environmental controls, action plans to prepare for acute attacks, “rescue” and maintenance medications, and keeping an asthma diary.

The same day, course faculty will offer a seminar for physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists who take care of asthma patients. This continuing education course is sponsored by the UTHSC allied health, nursing and medical schools and by the American Lung Association of Texas.

For more details on the Asthma Fair or professional seminar, call (210) 567- 8850.

Contact: Will Sansom