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Duquesne Pharmacists Continue Asthma Education Efforts

Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy is partnering with Allegheny General Hospital and the American Lung Association to offer comprehensive asthma education and general health screenings to area youth this weekend.

Duquesne pharmacy students will assist at the Shoot For Your Good Health Asthma Basketball Camp, which targets children ages 6-14 with undiagnosed or poorly controlled asthma.

The pharmacy volunteers were organized by Dr. Nicole Marcotullio and Dr. Jennifer Padden, assistant professors of pharmacy practice who received a two-year grant from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement that helped fund similar asthma camps at Duquesne earlier this year.

“Duquesne is taking an active role in this camp because asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses in children,” explained Marcotullio. “The camp is an informal, yet educational setting where we can identify those with the disease and then give them information on triggers and treatment options.”

Pharmacy students will help provide campers with comprehensive information and screenings for asthma, height, weight, carbon monoxide and blood pressure. The team also will offer adults general health screenings and information on smoking cessation.

When: Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: St. Bede School, 6920 Edgerton Ave., Pittsburgh.

Information: This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412.359.6654.

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