14 Jul '11, 5pm

While industry fights to EPA's efforts to reduce air pollution, asthma rates rise dramatically:

While industry fights to EPA's efforts to reduce air pollution, asthma rates rise dramatically:

Asthma Rates Rise Dramatically -- Cause Unknown photo: arycogre/Flickr The U.S. is losing ground in the battle with asthma and no one knows why. For the last several decades the number of people with asthma has risen, but between 2001 and 2009 it shot up 12.3 percent, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . That means that one in 12 people had asthma in 2009, whereas one in 14 had it in 2001. 24.6 million Americans live with asthma and the worst hit are children, African Americans, women, and the poor. While the majority of people with asthma have a family history of asthma or allergies, environmental factors also play a role. Traffic exhaust, other air pollutants, tobacco smoke, and indoor allergens (dust mites, cockroaches, dogs, cats, rodents, molds, and fungi) are linked to asthma attacks. These factors, however, don't fully expl...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/living/healthreports/asthma-rates-ris...

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