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Childhood asthma in Qatar : A literature review

  title={Childhood asthma in Qatar : A literature review},
  author={Shajitha Thekke Veettil and Femina Purakaloth Ummer},
Review Article Background: Asthma is one of the most common serious global health problems affecting all age groups in the world. Its prevalence is increasing in many countries, especially among children. This paper aims to cover the current status of childhood asthma in the State of Qatar. Methods: An extensive review of studies published from 1989 to 2019 (30 years) in the area of childhood asthma was conducted with the use of PubMed and Google Scholar, using the key terms; childhood, asthma… 



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