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Asthma rates at record high, CDC says- do your kids have asthma?

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Asthma rates at record high, CDC says

Asthma rates in the United States increased over the past decade to their highest level ever, according to a new government report. 

The portion of people in the U.S. with asthma rose from 7.3 percent in 2001 to 8.4 percent in 2010, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That means 25.7 million people had asthma in 2010, including 7 million who were younger than 18.

Over the same period, death rates from the condition dropped 33 percent. For every 10,000 people with asthma, there were 1.4 deaths in 2010, compared with 2.1 deaths in 2001.

The disorder has been linked with poverty, and the new findings showed that 11.2 percent of people living below the poverty level had asthma. However, asthma was also reported by 7.3 percent of those who earn at least twice the poverty level.

The findings also showed 9.2 percent of females had asthma in 2010, whereas the rate among males was 7 percent.

Asthma is a chronic airway disorder that can be triggered by exercise, infections, certain chemicals, airborne irritants such as tobacco smoke, or allergens such as pollen. During an asthma attack, the airway becomes obstructed because of inflammation and constriction of the surrounding muscles. It is not clear how to prevent asthma from developing, and there is no known cure, the CDC says.

The new findings are based on data gathered during the National Health Interview Survey, in which CDC researchers conducted household interviews with a nationally representative sample of participants.

by on May. 2, 2012 at 7:09 AM
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by on May. 3, 2012 at 7:29 PM

i remember when i was a kid, there were no inhalers, no daily meds, and all i could do for an attack was stand in a hot shower, and take an epinephrine pill...

by Sonja on May. 4, 2012 at 12:06 AM

No asthma at our house.

by on May. 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM

 I grew  up with bronchial asthma.  My kid also had it and my husband as well.  Years later, after my granddaughter was born, her daycare provider showed me how to detox my home.  That was 7 years ago and the last time I had bronchial asthma was 2 months before that.  I did not know that the products I used to clean my home were contributing to my bronchial asthma.  My immune system is now stronger than ever and I am a health 57 year old grandma.  Don't let the commercials about cleaning coax you into buying products that are harmful for your family.  Cancer, asthma, eczema, and more diseases are linked to the environment around you.  Which is mostly your home since we spend more time indoors than outdoors.  If you need more info about the harmful ingredients I would be glad to share it with you.

Work from home today!Evelyn   butterfly

by Sonja on May. 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM

 We're beginning to wonder about one of them.

by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Nope, no asthma here, thank goodness!

by on May. 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Wow, that's terrible!!

Quoting emmy526:

And back in the old days, asthma was thought to be an "imaginary" sister used to be locked away in her room, so my mom wouldn't have to hear her wheezing.  That's what the drs told parents to do back then in the 50's &60's..

by on May. 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

My husband used to suffer from asthma  - we switched all of our home care products to toxic free products and he hasn't had an asthma attack in 4 years! Its scary how many toxins we bring into our home.

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