Asthma in the United States: burden and current theories.

  title={Asthma in the United States: burden and current theories.},
  author={Stephen C. Redd},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  pages={557 - 560}
Asthma has emerged as a major public health problem in the United States over the past 20 years. Currently, nearly 15 million Americans have asthma, including almost 5 million children. The number of asthma cases has more than doubled since 1980. Approximately 5,500 persons die from asthma each year, and rates have increased over the past 20 years. Rates of death, hospitalization, and emergency department visits are 2-3 times higher among African Americans than among white Americans. The costs… CONTINUE READING
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