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Asthma: The Epidemic Has Ended, or Has It?

Shirin Shafazand, MD, MS, FCCP; Gene Colice, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Washington, DC
 ,  Dr. Shafazand is an Assistant Professor and Dr. Colice is a Professor, The George Washington University, and both are affiliated with the Washington Hospital Center.

Correspondence to: Shirin Shafazand, MD, MS, FCCP, Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St NW, Room 2A-38D, Washington, DC 20010-2975; e-mail: shirin.shafazand@medstar.net



Chest. 2004;125(6):1969-1970. doi:10.1378/chest.125.6.1969
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Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

Asthma, a chronic inflammatory lung condition with acute episodes of bronchoconstriction and exacerbation, is associated with considerable patient morbidity, a diminution of productivity, and an increase in health-care utilization. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, there was a clear perception that asthma prevalence was increasing. This perceived trend prompted concern about a possible “asthma epidemic.” Worldwide efforts to promote awareness about asthma diagnosis, prevention, and treatment followed the publication of these concerns.1 In the United States, the Healthy People 2010 initiative2 has clearly targeted improving asthma care, awareness, and education as key objectives.

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