Childhood asthma and other wheezing disorders

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Asthma has now reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the world. In the International Study of Allergies and Asthma in Childhood survey of almost half-a-million adolescents Britain ranked number one, with over one in four young people reporting that they had experienced at least one episode of wheezing in the preceding 12 months. National studies indicate that a similar proportion of British children have, at some point in their lives, been diagnosed with asthma. Whilst such population data are crucial for unravelling the aetiology of asthma and informing health services planning, they say nothing about the impact of asthma on individuals and their families. Interference with sport and leisure activities, disturbed sleep (both for children and their parents) and anxieties regarding the possible adverse effects of inhaled treatments are just some of the concerns that many healthcare professionals hear about daily when caring for young people with asthma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-101
JournalJournal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003


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