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Current Epidemiology of Asthma: Emerging Patterns of Asthma

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Asthma is a chronic disease associated with substantial morbidity, mortality, and health care use. Between 1980 and 1994, the self-reported prevalence of asthma increased 75% among all race, sex, and age groups in every region of the United States. Although an estimated 14.6 million persons had asthma in the United States in 1996, more recent studies have suggested a plateauing of the prevalence of the disease. Because establishing the diagnosis of asthma and characterizing the features of the disease have long been difficult for both the clinician and the researcher, studies determining the frequency of asthma across different countries and over time, seeking clues to the etiology of the disease, and monitoring for untoward variations provide the clinician with additional resources to manage patients with asthma. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of the current and emerging national and international trends in the epidemiology of asthma.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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