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Respiratory Infections in Allergy and Asthma: Lung Biology in Health and Disease; Volume 178

Sebastian L. Johnston; Nikolaos G. Papadopoulos
Chest. 2005;128(2):1076. doi:10.1378/chest.128.2.1076
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How unfair! Only one health, and so many diseases Victor Schlichter

Since eternity, infections have plagued mankind and caused untold human suffering. Even today, respiratory viral infections are the most common cause of seeking relief from the physician. Another disease known to occur since antiquity is asthma, and, much to everyone’s consternation, morbidity due to this intriguing illness has rapidly increased over the last few decades. Not too long ago, it would appear strange if these two entities were spoken about in the same breath. However, recent insights have indicated that an amalgam of these two conditions exists and that this nexus could possibly be emerging as a major cause for concern.

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