Thursday, January 13, 2011

Asthma On The Rise: 25 Million In The U.S. Affected : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR

If asthma sometimes seems to be everywhere, it's not exactly your imagination.

Federal health officials estimate nearly 1 in 12 Americans, or nearly 25 million people have the respiratory disorder. That works out to 8.2 percent of the population in 2009, the latest year covered by the research.


The results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appear in this report.

The prevalence of asthma is up a little lately, from 7.7 percent in 2005.  How come? One reason is that doctors are looking for it more and are better at detecting it. The biggest increases in diagnosed asthma occurred in the '80s and '90s.

Asthma attacks, the severe breathing problems that can land someone in the hospital, affected 12.8 million people in the United States, or 4.2 percent of the population, in 2009. Attacks have held pretty steady for more than a decade.

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