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University of Iowa News Release

July 11, 2003

Free Asthma Screenings At Johnson County Fair July 23

Children and adults who tire easily during exercise, are unable to keep up with peers or have breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath can receive a free asthma screening from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Johnson County Fair.

The Division of Allergy and Immunology in the University of Iowa Department of Internal Medicine will offer the complimentary screenings.

The screenings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the University of Iowa Health Care booth in the fairgrounds' Community Theatre Building. The fairgrounds are located on Riverside Drive, south of the Iowa City Municipal Airport.

At the screenings, adults can take a 20-question "Life Quality Test." In addition, "The Kids' Asthma Check" will allow children ages 8 to 14 to answer questions themselves about their breathing problems. Parents of children age 7 and younger can complete a version of the "check" for their child. An adult must accompany children in order for children to complete the screening.

Each participant also can take a lung function test that involves blowing air into a tube. Using the symptom questionnaire and lung test results, a UI Health Care asthma specialist will advise whether participants should seek a thorough examination and diagnosis. The entire screening takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Participants whose screening test shows they may need further asthma assessment or treatment can receive referrals to the UI Division of Allergy and Immunology, which specializes in long-term care for patients with asthma.

Last year, UI Health Care screened 94 adults and children at the fair, and 11 individuals were referred for further asthma diagnosis.

SOURCE: Joint Office For Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, IA, 52242

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, Program: Tom Walljasper, 319-384-7353,