U.S. Asthma Cases Keep Climbing
25
August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /


AND KEEPING THEM IN THE BASS NETS AND CRIBS IN THE NIGHTTIME IS WHAT PARENTS SHOULD BE DOING, NOT IN BEDS. ABOUT HALF OF ASTHMATICS HAVE AN ATTACK IN A GIVEN YEAR AND DR. MAX GOMEZ SAYS SOMETHING CHEAP AND OVER-THE- COUNTER SHOULD BE AS GOOD AS INHALERS. HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN ISABEL WILL NEVER FORGET HER FIRST ASTHMA ATTACK. I WAS AT DANCE. AND AFTER A WHILE, I COULDN’T BREATHE. AND MY FRIEND STARTED NOTICING, TOO, THAT I WASN’T ABLE TO BREATHE. AND I STARTED CRYING. AND IT WAS PROBABLY LIKE ONE OF THE MOST SCARIEST THINGS FOR ME. BECAUSELY NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE ATTACKS THAT SHE HAS HAD WERE HORRIFYING. AND IMMEDIATE. AND WHEN YOUR CHILD CANNOT BREATHE, IT IS THE MOST HELPLESS THING YOU FEEL IN THE WORLD. EVEN WITHIN INHALERS AND BREATHING TREEMS, ISABEL SUFF — TREATMENTS, ISABEL SUFFERS TWO TO FOUR ASTHMA ATTACKS A YEAR AND SHE IS TAKING PART IN A STUDY TO SEE IF VITAMIN D MIGHT HELP AND OTHER STUDIES HAVE SHOWN ASTHMA AND LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS WERE LINKED. AND THERE WILL BE VITAMIN D OR PLACEBO AND CAREFULLY TRACKED FOR A YEAR. AND THEY WILL SEE WHERE THE KIDS WHO RECEIVED VITAMIN D, HAD A LOWER RATE OF ASTHMA ATTACKS THAN THE KIDS WHO REFERRED PLACEBO. WE CAN CHECK WHETHER THE CHILDREN WITH VITAMIN D WERE ABLE TO REDUCE THEIR DOSE OF MEDICATION. MORE OFTEN THAN THOSE WHO WERE ON PLACEBO. IT WILL TAKE FOUR YEARS TO ENROLL ENOUGH ASTHMA PATIENTS TO GET THE FINAL RESULTS. AND VITAMIN D IS YES INEXPENSIVE AND ASTHMA ATTACKS ARE SUCH A HUGE PROBLEM THAT EVEN IF WE MAKE A SMALL DIFFERENCE, IT COULD HAVE A VERY BIG IMPACT. OTHER STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT MANY AMERICANS ARE VITAMIN D DEFICIENT. PARTLY BECAUSE OF WIDESPREAD SUN SCREEN USE, TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER BUT WHICH ALSO KEEPS THE SKIN FROM MAKING NATURAL VITAMIN D. AND THAT MIGHT BE PART OF THE EXPLANATION FOR THE


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