Asthma News

IMPORTANT CLINICAL RESEARCH OPERATIONS and COVID-19

Message for Research Participant: Given concerns about COVID-19, we ask that if you have traveled to locations where COVID-19 is circulating, have been in contact with someone ill with COVID-19, or are sick with fever and respiratory symptoms, please notify research staff and postpone your study participation. It is recommended that you also contact your ... Read more ...

FAQ for SO2 and Asthma

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding Asthma and Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Exposure (Information obtained directly from the American Lung Association website) What Is Sulfur Dioxide? Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a gaseous air pollutant composed of sulfur and oxygen. SO2 forms when sulfur-containing fuel such as coal, oil, or diesel is burned. Sulfur dioxide also converts in ... Read more ...

FAQ for Clairton Coke Works Fire

Q: What happened? A: A fire at Clairton Coke Works (in Clairton, PA) broke equipment that controls how much air pollution (in particular, sulfur dioxide) is released into the air on Monday 6/17/19. Q: When/how will this issue be fixed? A: U.S. Steel said the systems were working again at approximately 8:15 p.m. Monday. Be ... Read more ...

Clairton Coke Works Fire

From the team at the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC, we would like to give you this information about a recent environmental event in your area that may have affected your air quality and your asthma. Allegheny County released this statement on 6/17/19: Health Department Advised of Clairton Coke Works Electrical Equipment Fire ... Read more ...
Asthma Institute Awarded CTSI WORDOUT Grant and New Partnership!

Asthma Institute Awarded CTSI WORDOUT Grant and New Partnership!

The Asthma Institute in working with community organization, Women for a Healthy Environment, was awarded one of CTSI’s 2019 WORDOUT Grants! This grant supports research dissemination in the greater Pittsburgh communities, and we hope our project will bring awareness to the importance of asthma research and asthma education. Stay tuned for updates! ...

GSPH Deans Day Student Research Competition 2019

EOH’s Brandy Hill, doctoral student takes home the Herbert Rosenkranz Prize for the school wide project judged to be the most significant contribution to the public health field! Additionally, each year the department of EOH awards the Keleti Award for excellence in environmental health, and this years award went to doctoral student Brandy Hill! Brandy’s work ... Read more ...

New Paper from our Asthma Institute Doctors!

Dr. Sally Wenzel and Dr. Merritt Fajt published recently in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology on the use of biologics medications and the personalized care they offer in asthma treatment. Read the full journal article here! ...

Severe asthma patients get new drugs, new understanding for ‘invisible disease’

Featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dr. Wenzel talks about a new type of asthma treatment, biologics, and the research being done about it. Read the full story here. ...
Dr. Wenzel Honored with 2018 LHAS Trailblazer Award

Dr. Wenzel Honored with 2018 LHAS Trailblazer Award

Dr. Wenzel Honored with 2018 LHAS Trailblazer Award We had the honor and privilege of seeing our leader, Dr. Sally Wenzel, receive the 2018 Ladies Hospital Aid Society Trailblazer award. Along with the prestigious award, LHAS surprised her with a check for $20,000 to enhance her amazing research! What a wonderful way to celebrate Dr. ... Read more ...
The Cameron Heyward Foundation’s 2018 Birthday Party

The Cameron Heyward Foundation’s 2018 Birthday Party

The Cameron Heyward Foundation’s 2018 Birthday Party Dr. Wenzel and some members of our Asthma Institute Team attended Cameron Heyward’s annual birthday party with some special kids from Kids Voice. Celebrating these kids with dinner, gifts, and Dave & Buster’s game time, this event is wonderful for everyone involved. The Cameron Heyward Foundation gives back ... Read more ...
Dr. Wenzel appointed new Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health

Dr. Wenzel appointed new Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health

Dr. Wenzel appointed new Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Wenzel is assuming a new role as the Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. With this new position, she will extend her work on asthma and airway disease ... Read more ...
Happy World Asthma Day!

Happy World Asthma Day!

Happy World Asthma Day!  Our team spent the day promoting asthma awareness in our very own Montefiore Hospital lobby! Asthma awareness month lasts through the month of May. Check out our What Is Asthma page and Asthma Resources page to learn more! Read the NIH statement here as well. ...
2018 State of Air Report Published by American Lung Association

2018 State of Air Report Published by American Lung Association

2018 State of Air Report Published by American Lung Association  See how your county or region did in this year’s State of Air Report. Pittsburgh falls within the top 10 worst rankings for short-term and year-round particle pollution in the country. Check out all the interactive tools from the American Lung Association’s report here. ...
Study Shows Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes to be Harmful

Study Shows Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes to be Harmful

Study Shows Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes to be Harmful  NBC News article covers new study showing the harm of fruit flavorings in e-cigarettes in teens. Read the full article here. ...
U.S. News and World Report Feature Article

U.S. News and World Report Feature Article

U.S. News and World Report Feature Article  U.S. News and World Report featured Tere Long for severe asthma management success after being referred to Dr. Wenzel. Read the full article here. ...
New Asthma Paper Published

New Asthma Paper Published

New Asthma Paper Published Check out this recent scientific paper by our Asthma Institute doctors. Congrats to Dr. Gauthier and the whole project team! Read the full paper here. ...
Dr. Sally Wenzel Honored with European Respiratory Society’s 2017 Presidential Award

Dr. Sally Wenzel Honored with European Respiratory Society’s 2017 Presidential Award

Dr. Sally Wenzel Honored with European Respiratory Society’s 2017 Presidential Award Dr. Wenzel is the proud recipient of the ERS 2017 Presidential Award for her outstanding contributions to respiratory medicine. The award was presented to her at the 2017 ERS International Congress in early September in Milan, Italy. Read the full article here. ...
Carla Conrad and Jessica Schuman of Breathe Pennsylvania on Westmoreland Community Connections Radio Show

Carla Conrad and Jessica Schuman of Breathe Pennsylvania on Westmoreland Community Connections Radio Show

Carla Conrad and Jessica Schuman of Breathe Pennsylvania on Westmoreland Community Connections Radio Show Listen to this radio spot with some of our friends at Breathe Pennsylvania. Hear the full interview here. ...
New Asthma Paper Published

New Asthma Paper Published

New Asthma Paper Published Check out the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s coverage of Dr. Wenzel’s latest paper on clues to cell death and how that could lead to preventative treatments across the medical field! We are so proud of our doctors and researchers who were a part of this! Read the full article here.   ...
American Lung Association’s annual LUNG FORCE Walk, Pittsburgh

American Lung Association’s annual LUNG FORCE Walk, Pittsburgh

American Lung Association’s annual LUNG FORCE Walk, Pittsburgh Our Outreach Team had a great time at the LUNG FORCE Walk this year! Thanks to all who participated! For more information about the walk and ways to get involved, check out their website here.   ...