Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Call to Tackle Housing over Asthma Epidemic

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Call to Tackle Housing over Asthma Epidemic

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Byline: By Sara Wallis

Condition attributed to damp homes

Poor housing is being blamed for an asthma epidemic in the North East which affects more than 22,000 of us.

Asthma research has revealed that damp and cold homes are having an impact on people's health and well-being.

Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) is now calling for a fresh focus on the links between asthma and bad housing.

Recent research has revealed that asthma kills an estimated 1,400 people every year in the UK and that 2.6 million people suffer severe symptoms of the condition.

In Newcastle alone, 22,000 people suffer from asthma, which is one in eight children and one in 13 adults.

NEA believes greater investment in housing would play a significant role in reducing the number of people suffering from asthma.

Malcolm Dove, senior projects officer at NEA, said: "The recent research on the impact of asthma was shocking but came as no surprise to NEA. …

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