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Lung Disease

What is Asthma?

Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children. There may be genetic, socioeconomic, and/or behavioral traits that increase the risk among children, particularly among minority children, who tend to live in close proximity to sources of traffic-related air pollution.

From the Centers for Disease Control (2012):

“Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children, but adults can have asthma, too. Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs.

In most cases, we don’t know what causes asthma, and we don’t know how to cure it. We know that if someone in your family has asthma you are more likely to have it.”

Source: Centers for Disease Control. 2012. Asthma: Basic Information. http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/faqs.htm


Source: Esteban Gonzalez Burchard Laboratory

Risk Factors

Source: Esteban Gonzalez Burchard Laboratory

Source: Esteban Gonzalez Burchard Laboratory


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