Asthma Rate Rising Sharply in U.S.

Peak flow meters used to measure one's maximum speed of expiration.

Peak flow meters used to measure expiration speed.

Roni Caryn Rabin writes in the New York Times:

Americans are suffering from asthma in record numbers, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one in 10 children and almost one in 12 Americans of all ages now has asthma, government researchers said.

According to the report, from 2001 to 2009 the prevalence of asthma increased among all demographic groups studied, including men, women, whites, blacks and Hispanics. Black children are most acutely affected: the study found that 17 percent of black children — nearly one in five — had a diagnosis of asthma in 2009, up from 11.4 percent, or about one in nine, in 2001.

While officials at the Centers for Disease Control emphasized that asthma could be controlled if managed effectively, they were at a loss to explain why it had become more widespread even as important triggers like cigarette smoking had become less common.

“We don’t know exactly why the number is going up, but, importantly, we know there are measures individuals with asthma can take to control symptoms,” said Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the centers.

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  • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

    I get to find out next week if I get diagnosed with asthma, despite the fact that I played clarinet in high school (1st chair), sang in high school musicals, high school chorus, church choir and barbershop quartet.  Oh, and I was quite the swimmer back then.  I have allergies that go away when I go back north home, and I’ve been exposed to secondary smoke for a decade now.  So I’m sure that I don’t have the lungs that I did 30 years ago, but the pulmonologist thinking that I may have asthma really makes me wonder.  OK, so the found that I have sleep apnea (my wife can’t believe that it’s as bad as they say it is) and I also get my CPAP machine next week.  I can’t wait to see how much sleep I lose trying to use that thing.

  • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

    I get to find out next week if I get diagnosed with asthma, despite the fact that I played clarinet in high school (1st chair), sang in high school musicals, high school chorus, church choir and barbershop quartet.  Oh, and I was quite the swimmer back then.  I have allergies that go away when I go back north home, and I’ve been exposed to secondary smoke for a decade now.  So I’m sure that I don’t have the lungs that I did 30 years ago, but the pulmonologist thinking that I may have asthma really makes me wonder.  OK, so the found that I have sleep apnea (my wife can’t believe that it’s as bad as they say it is) and I also get my CPAP machine next week.  I can’t wait to see how much sleep I lose trying to use that thing.

  • Jackedu317

    with the chemtrails (sorry, geo-engineering) that have been going on for the last 10 years, it’s no wonder people can’t breath. we’re not supposed to breath aluminum, barium, and whatever else they’re spraying. in my town,there are long lasting trails in the sky 90% of the time, no joke. the last time i saw a perfectly clear blue sky was after 9-11 when all the planes were grounded. now, most of the time, it’s almost gray, like a fog that’s hanging thousands of feet above ground, but fog doesn’t do that…10 years of fog would give anyone asthma.

  • Jackedu317

    with the chemtrails (sorry, geo-engineering) that have been going on for the last 10 years, it’s no wonder people can’t breath. we’re not supposed to breath aluminum, barium, and whatever else they’re spraying. in my town,there are long lasting trails in the sky 90% of the time, no joke. the last time i saw a perfectly clear blue sky was after 9-11 when all the planes were grounded. now, most of the time, it’s almost gray, like a fog that’s hanging thousands of feet above ground, but fog doesn’t do that…10 years of fog would give anyone asthma.

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