Asthma: The Ultimate Teen Guide

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Asthma is growing at an alarming rate with a 75 percent increase between 1980 and 1993. Today, 17 million Americans have been diagnosed with this potentially deadly disease. Many of them are teenagers. This easy-to-read handbook helps teens understand asthma and provides them with the history, medical treatment options, and cutting edge research about asthma that will allow them to take a proactive role in the management of their illness. Teens will not only find the factual information they are looking for, but ...

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Overview

Asthma is growing at an alarming rate with a 75 percent increase between 1980 and 1993. Today, 17 million Americans have been diagnosed with this potentially deadly disease. Many of them are teenagers. This easy-to-read handbook helps teens understand asthma and provides them with the history, medical treatment options, and cutting edge research about asthma that will allow them to take a proactive role in the management of their illness. Teens will not only find the factual information they are looking for, but will also enjoy reading loads of interviews with other teenagers who have asthma and find out how they feel about taking medication, what it feels like to have an asthma attack, and how they deal with inquiries from their friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul J. Hannaway
I will strongly recommend this book to adolescents and young adults afflicted with this chronic and sometimes difficult to treat illness.
Library Media Connection
Provides a thorough understanding for teens who have just been diagnosed, as well as for those who have suffered the disease since childhood...Young readers will find the numerous sidebars and factoids quite interesting and informative...Recommended.
KLIATT
AGERANGE: Ages 12 to adult.

The Ultimate Teen Guide is an excellent series of books. The authors are qualified; e.g., the author of Sexual Decisions has a Ph.D. in child and adolescent development, an Ed.M. in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and currently teaches human sexuality and women’s health at the university level. She certainly mentions abstinence, and more importantly, she makes sure teenagers understand which sexual practices count as abstinence and which don’t. She covers just about any possible sexual choice or situation teenagers may wonder about. The book Stress Relief is especially important in the series, since it must speak to just about every teenager. The author is a physical education teacher at a Waldorf school, and he is a certified Rolfer, nutritional consultant, and spiritual practitioner. The main principle is that each person has within himself the ability to be calm and at peace, regardless of the outside influences in each life that make a person feel stressed. The big three approaches are: exercise, good nutrition, and good sleep. He also discusses breathing techniques and meditation. He talks about how perfectionism, guilt, shame, and fear work against us and how to deal with these feelings. He recommends therapy for those who find it difficult to understand why they feel the way they do. His “voice” is encouraging and reasonable. Asthma and Diabetes cover all the basics and focus on teenagers coping with these diseases. The longer book Learning Disabilities is helpful, again especially so since it explains these complex problems in a way adolescents can understand. Reviewer: ClaireRosser
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810857599
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/25/2006
  • Series: It Happened to Me Series , #5
  • Pages: 184
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny Paquette had her first asthma attack more than 25 years ago. She is an educational writer and former school librarian. Penny is the coauthor of Learning Disabilities: The Ultimate Teen Guide.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 How Long Has This Been Going On? A History of Asthma Chapter 4 2 What Is It? Asthma Defined Chapter 5 3 Diagnosing Asthma Chapter 6 4 Asthma Triggers and How to Avoid Them Chapter 7 5 What to Do About It—Asthma Treatments Chapter 8 6 Dealing With Asthma at School Chapter 9 7 When Asthma Becomes Deadly Chapter 10 8 Coping with Asthma Chapter 11 9 On Your Own Chapter 12 Glossary of Asthma Terms Chapter 13 Chapter Notes Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Author
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