Asthma, a common chronic lung disease, affects 16.4 million adults and 7 million children in the United States, with more than 380,000 affected individuals in Connecticut. It is also the leading cause of all emergency room visits and school absenteeism.

This year, join Stamford Hospital on Saturday, May 8, as it hosts a World Asthma Day event in an effort to educate the community about asthma and ways to manage it.

Dr. Paul Sachs, director of pulmonary medicine, will kick off the day with an introduction to asthma and will discuss the topic, "What's the Best Asthma Medicine?"

Several other Stamford Hospital physicians will also offer presentations, including:

"¢ "Sinusitis and Asthma," by Dr. Biana G. Lanson, the Ear Nose and Throat Center: 11 to 11:45 a.m.

"¢ "The Role of Allergies in Asthma," by Dr. Paul Lindner, Allergy and Asthma Center of Stamford: 12:30 to 1 p.m.

"¢ "Asthma: An Integrative Medicine Approach," by Dr. Marc Brodsky, medical director, the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness: 1 to 1:30 p.m.

"¢ Q&A for panel and raffle: 1:30 to 2 p.m.

The free educational event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stamford Hospital's Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford.

Registration with refreshments will take place in the exhibit hall from 10 to 10:20 a.m. The event includes a raffle, lunch and panel discussion, as well as an exhibit of patient education materials and demonstrations. For more information or to register, call 1-877-233-WELL (9355) or visit www.stamfordhospital.org.

Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a Magnet Hospital, and a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with the New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.