VIENNA, VA, OCTOBER 20, 2014 – Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization, was featured in the Monday, Oct. 20 episode of “Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr.” on the Discovery Channel.

In the segment, which is available for viewing at the end of this article, viewers learn how allergens and irritants affect people with asthma and allergies, how to prevent and treat an asthma flare and anaphylaxis reaction, and why a coordinated care approach by doctors, asthma educators, schools and lay organizations such as Allergy & Asthma Network (The Network) can help patients manage their condition.

“A healthy, active life is within reach for the 26 million Americans with asthma and 50 million Americans with allergies,” says Tonya Winders, president and CEO of The Network. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to engage and educate patients and families with practical, medically accurate information and inspiration.”

The segment includes interviews with Winders, Bobby Lanier, MD, executive medical director of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), Linda Cox, MD, immediate past president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), and Ruchi Gupta, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University and a leading food allergy epidemiologist.

In addition, Cristina and Jeff Buckley, whose 7-year-old son Benjamin passed away after an asthma flare in January 2014, discuss their experiences raising asthma awareness at Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill (AADCH), The Network’s annual education, advocacy and outreach event in Washington, D.C. The Buckley’s share Benjamin’s story and advocate for increased funding for asthma and allergy research.

“Organizations like Allergy & Asthma Network are truly helping individuals in need,” says Ryann Watkin, producer for the TV series. “We look forward to expanding our viewers’ minds, and to bringing this vital information to the public.”

About Allergy & Asthma Network (The Network)

Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. The Network specializes in sharing family-friendly, medically accurate information through its award-winning magazine Allergy & Asthma Today, E-newsletter, website at and numerous community outreach programs. Follow Allergy & Asthma Network at and

About Innovations & DMG Productions

Innovations, hosted by award winning actor Ed Begley, Jr., is an information-based series geared toward educating the public on the latest breakthroughs in all areas of society. Featuring practical solutions and important issues facing consumers and professionals alike, Innovations focuses on cutting-edge advancements in everything from health and wellness to global business, renewable energy, and more.

DMG Productions, responsible for creating the Innovations show, includes personnel specialized in various fields from agriculture to medicine, independent films to regional news and more. Field producers work closely with experts in the field to develop stories. This powerful force enables DMG Productions to consistently produce commercial-free, educational programming.


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