World Asthma Day 2011

May 3rd is World Asthma Day. The theme of this year’s event is ‘You Can Control Your Asthma’, and involves a number of activities with asthma and lung health organizations worldwide.

The Asthma Society of Canada announced that they have added allergy support to their asthma support line service.  In addition, the ASC has partnered with Walmart to offer over 270 asthma clinics across the country today.

As reported by the BBC (listen to the radio interview), lives are being put at risk because GPs lack the training they need to treat asthma, according to a study by Asthma UK.  Neil Churchill, chief executive of the charity Asthma UK, told BBC Radio 5 live:  "Education for healthcare professionals could be improved."