Studies & Reports

One of our core strategies at RAMP is to keep the asthma field abreast of best practices, timely opportunities, and emerging research in order to build capacity for reducing the inequitable burden of asthma. We do this by cultivating an extensive hub of asthma-related information across a wide range of topics, including asthma management and healthcare, housing, air pollution, schools, the built environment, and more.

The majority of studies and reports that you’ll see below were published by partner organizations, agencies, and research institutions. To specifically see resources created by RAMP, check out RAMP Tools & Publications.

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  • Study Examines Associations Between Extreme Weather Events and Asthma-Related Outcomes

    The June 2023 edition of European Respiratory Review contains an article exploring the associations between extreme weather events and asthma-related outcomes. Researchers conducted a systematic literature search for relevant studies and found “extreme weather events were associated with increasing risks of general asthma outcomes,” and “that extreme weather events more prominently increased the risk of…

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  • The Commonwealth Fund Releases Article on Impact of Asthma Inhalers on Climate Change

    The Commonwealth Fund has released an article examining the carbon footprint of asthma inhalers. The article examines environmentally friendly alternatives and global examples of replacing metered-dose inhalers with dry-powder inhalers, which generate much less carbon emissions.  To read the article, click here. 

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  • American Lung Association Releases “Driving to Clean Air” Report

    The American Lung Association has released a report titled “Driving to Clean Air,” detailing the health benefits of zero-emission cars and renewable energy. Among the key findings are that “achieving 100 percent zero-emission passenger vehicle sales and non-combustion clean electricity generation by 2035” would result in 89,300 fewer premature deaths, 2.2 million fewer asthma attacks,…

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  • Study Investigates Associations Between Illness-Related Absences and Ventilation in Elementary Schools

    In the June 2023 edition of Environmental International, a study compared ventilation rates and Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in schools throughout the Midwestern United States and the impact they had on illness-related absences for students. Researchers found every “1 L/s per person increase in ventilation rate was associated with a 5.59 decrease in days with absences…

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  • Study Details Air Pollution and Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Production in the United States

    The May 2023 edition of Environmental Research Health includes an article investigating the contribution of methane emissions from oil and gas production on air quality and health impacts. The study assesses air quality and health impacts “associated with ozone, fine particulate matter, and nitrogen dioxide from the oil and gas sector in the US in…

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  • The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Releases Article on Passive Monitoring of Nighttime Respiratory Symptoms

    The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’s January 2023 edition includes an article on applications of passive monitoring of nighttime respiratory symptoms in chronic asthma management. The study demonstrated “passive monitoring of nighttime respiratory breath sounds had a higher adherence rate than pulse oximetry. This novel digital application serves as a basis for further studies…

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  • Environmental Law Institute Releases Ventilation in Schools Report

    In early 2023, the Environmental Law Institute released a report titled “Ventilation in Schools: A review of State Policy Strategies.” The report investigates and supports state development of school ventilation policies and describes how current policies address strategies for improving ventilation and filtration in schools. In addition, the report highlights policies that provide financial and…

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  • Evidence Review Examines Effectiveness of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Air Cleaners

    The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, has produced a new evidence review on the effectiveness of do-it-yourself (DIY) air cleaners. The review of academic and technical literature showed that DIY air cleaners performed similarly to commercial portable air cleaners in terms of clean air delivery rate…

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