TITLE

The ebb and flow of asthma

AUTHOR(S)
Toelle, B. G.; Marks, G. B.
PUB. DATE
February 2005
SOURCE
Thorax;Feb2005, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p87
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The article attempts to find reasons for the decrease in the prevalence of asthma at the outset of the 21st century. During the 1980s and early 1990s several repeat cross sectional studies, conducted in widely varying regions of the world, reported an increase in the prevalence of symptoms of asthma, diagnosed asthma, and medication use for asthma. Comparatively, during 2004 there have been a number of repeat cross sectional studies that have reported a leveling off in asthma prevalence. In some studies there has been a statistically significant decrease in the prevalence of asthma symptoms. The authors suggest that increasing use of treatment may be responsible for this trend by suppressing asthma symptoms in a larger proportion of the population. An alternative explanation is that the diagnosis of asthma is being used more sparingly in 2001 than it was in previous years.
ACCESSION #
16301604

 

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