World Lung Day 2020: Respiratory groups call for research to prevent, detect and treat respiratory infections

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 25 September 2020 Today, on World Lung Day (WLD), Global Initiative for Asthma is united with members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) and WLD partner organisations to advocate for respiratory health globally and call for more research to prevent, detect and treat respiratory …

In memoriam: Professor Sohei Makino, a founding member of GINA

GINA is sad to report the passing of Sohei Makino, Emeritus Professor at Dokkyo Medical University in Japan. Professor Makino passed away on August 4, 2020 at the age of 89 years. Professor Makino had an outstanding career, conducting research and providing important contributions in the fields of asthma pathophysiology. By focusing on eosinophils, he …

World Lung Cancer Day 2020

Respiratory groups stress lung cancer risks and importance of early screening and treatment Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 1 August 2020 In support of World Lung Cancer Day, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which Global Initiative for Asthma is a founding member, calls for more awareness and understanding …

Mythbusters from WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced a set of ‘Mythbusters’ relating to COVID-19, each with a graphic that can be downloaded and shared. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters  

COVID-19: GINA Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on asthma management

March 25, 2020 Follow GINA at @ginasthma People with asthma should continue all of their inhaled medication, including inhaled corticosteroids, as prescribed by their doctor. Inacute asthma attacks patients should take a short course of oral corticosteroids if instructed in their asthma action plan or by their healthcare provider, to prevent serious consequences. In rare cases, patients with severe asthma …

Recommendations for inhaled asthma controller medications

(scroll down for translated versions) People with asthma should continue to use their inhaled asthma controller medications during the COVID-19 epidemic GINA FAQs to frequently asked questions on asthma management Some sources have suggested that “corticosteroids” should be avoided during the COVID-19 epidemic. This advice is about the use of oral corticosteroids unless there is …

Are the 2019 Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) strategy recommendations applicable to the Canadian context?

Read the “Canadian Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine’s article,  “Are the 2019 Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) strategy recommendations applicable to the Canadian context?”  A conversation between the Canadian Thoracic Society Asthma Assembly and Professor Helen Reddel, Chair of the GINA Scientific Committee. ARTICLE APPEARS IN CANADIAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY, CRITICAL CARE, …

GINA 2019 recommendations about reliever medications in Steps 3-5

We have become aware that the GINA 2019 recommendation for ‘Preferred reliever’ in Steps 3-5 is sometimes being misinterpreted. Please note the following important information. In the GINA 2019 treatment figure for adults and adolescents (Box 3-5A), Steps 3-5 show the medication options for patients with moderate to severe asthma in whom modifiable causes of …

world pneumonia day call to action

Respiratory Groups Call for an End to Preventable Pneumonia Deaths

In support of World Pneumonia Day, 12 November, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) is a member, calls for an end to preventable pneumonia deaths, ensuring equitable access to interventions for prevention and control of pneumonia. Every minute, two children die from pneumonia, representing 16 percent of …