Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Adult Asthma Rates Stabilizing after Rising for 2 Decades. (Mixed Ethnicity May Be Risk Factor)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Adult Asthma Rates Stabilizing after Rising for 2 Decades. (Mixed Ethnicity May Be Risk Factor)

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The number of adults with asthma is holding after rising steadily for almost 2 decades.

The lifetime prevalence of adult asthma in 2001 was 11.0%, an insignificant increase from the 10.5% rate in 2000. The current prevalence of adult asthma was 7.2% in both 2000 and 2001, based on self-reported data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System--which collects data on adult asthma in all 50 states, plus Washington, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands--showed increases in the prevalence of asthma across all ages and races from 1980 to 1996 The state-based survey reaches a random telephone sample of noninstitutionalized U.S. citizens aged 18 years and older (MMWR 52[17]:381-84, 2003).

In 2001, the data show that about 15 million U.S. adults (7.2%) had current asthma. Current asthma prevalence was lowest in Guam (3.5%) and highest in Puerto Rico (9.5%). Of the 50 states, Louisiana and South Dakota tied for the lowest current prevalence (5. …

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