oa South African Family Practice - Asthma and arthritis : are there any similarities? : editorial
Extracted from text ... Editorial Editorial Asthma Asthma is a serious global health problem that is broadly distributed by age, sex, race/ethnicity, and geographic location. International statistics indicate that asthma prevalence, morbidity, and mortality have increased significantly since the early 1970s. whereas some studies indicate continued increases through the mid 1990s, others show recent downward trends, especially in asthma hospitalizations and mortality. Among possible contributors to the observed trends are patterns of drug therapy1. Therefore it would seem that patient outcomes in asthma depend strongly on appropriate medication use. Traditionally, symptomatic relief of bronchospasm with short-acting 2 agonists was the mainstay of therapy. Numerous ..
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