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Asthma and lung infections on the rise in all age groups
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. When not diagnosed or properly treated, asthma can lead to a host of social and financial problems.
New research by Dr. David L. Hahn of Dean Medical Center, Madison, Wisconsin, shows that pneumonia related respiratory disease and acute bronchitis caused by chlamydia pneumoniae appear to be the cause of most asthma. His recent studies show that asthma patients have been found to have a high level of antibodies for chlamydia pneumoniae, which seems to be a common denominator among asthma sufferers. Dr. Hahn believes that chlamydia antibody detection can be an effective tool in diagnosing asthma.
Extensive research of HMO studies conducted from 1967-1987 showed that "prevalence of asthma increased steadily and significantly...in both males and females in all age ranges." These findings were reported in the April 1998 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Although the data in those studies does not go beyond 1987, the researchers found that "more recent national data suggest that these increases are continuing." The weight of the evidence for an ongoing rise in asthma, they conclude, "is growing steadily."
Speaking for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Dr. Gary Rachelefsky said: "Despite the fact that we have a real understanding of the disease and medications to treat it, we still have increased asthma." About 7% of the children in the US have asthma. The prevalence has increased 40% between 1982 and 1993. It is the most common childhood disease and is the top reason for pediatric hospitalization, accounting for up to 300,000 admissions a year. Asthma is the cause of 10-30 missed school days per asthmatic child per year. Asthma effects over five million U.S. children and adolescents, and accounts for 28% of all direct medical expenses totaling nearly $5 billion in spending per year.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2000;84:227-233.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1998;156:36-42.
Johns Hopkins, PR Newswire, and Reuters news services; Summaries of interviews and meetings of the AAAAI; April and May, 1998