Asthma

( 1 )

Overview

More than twenty million people in the United states suffer from asthma, a disease of the lungs. In fact, asthma is the most common serious chronic disease among American children. Any person at any age can be affected by asthma, but more cases have been linked to factors such as increased air pollution, exposure to tobacco smoke, and childhood obesity. "Without preventive treatments and lifestyle adjustments, asthma … can be a serious, even deadly disease," reports USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. ...

See more details below
Hardcover (Library Binding)
$31.14
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$34.60 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $7.96   
  • New (3) from $26.66   
  • Used (2) from $7.96   
Sending request ...

Overview

More than twenty million people in the United states suffer from asthma, a disease of the lungs. In fact, asthma is the most common serious chronic disease among American children. Any person at any age can be affected by asthma, but more cases have been linked to factors such as increased air pollution, exposure to tobacco smoke, and childhood obesity. "Without preventive treatments and lifestyle adjustments, asthma … can be a serious, even deadly disease," reports USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. Fortunately, if a person is diagnosed properly, asthma symptoms can be managed.

In this book, you will read case studies of people with asthma and how they handle the disease. Also included is up-to-date information about the common symptoms of asthma, how it is diagnosed, risk factors associated with the disease, and different forms of treatment. All of these facts can help you learn about the disease and what can be done if you or someone close to you has asthma.

Examines the various causes of asthma, what happens during an attack, how the disease can be controlled, and theories of treatment.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Wendy Murphy is the author of over 25 books, the majority of them in the medical field. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, American Medical Writers Association, and the Independent Scholars Association. Murphy is active in conservation issues and serves as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Kent Volunteer Fire Department.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Asthma Basics 4

Chapter 2 Diagnosis: Asthma 28

Chapter 3 Taking Control 42

Chapter 4 Living with Asthma 70

Chapter 5 Healthy Mind, Healthy Body 86

Chapter 6 The Future of Asthma 100

Glossary 116

Resources 119

Selected Bibliography 121

Further Reading and Websites 122

Index 124

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted March 27, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    An excellent book for a young person to learn about asthma

    There are millions of people who suffer from asthma, "or bronchial asthma, as it is also called." It's one of the leading reasons that children end up in the emergency room and miss school frequently. Asthma, a chronic disease that "affects breathing," cannot be cured, but can often be controlled given proper medical care and attention to things like diet, avoidance of triggers, and taking medications as directed. There are many reasons asthma can develop, but "allergies have become one of the prime causes of asthma." In this book you'll read about many other factors that contribute to the disease, including things like heredity. Although many want to attribute the disease solely to industrial pollutants, the word asthma, which means "panting," was coined by the ancient Greeks. You'll get a crash course on how the lungs work, what happens during an asthma attack, and how long they last. If you have asthma, or know someone who does, you certainly know how scary attacks can be because "The degree to which people with asthma react to triggers can range from mild and infrequent to severe and daily." Our immune system produces an immunoglobin called E, or IgE, which tends to be overabundant in asthmatics. This book will tell you all about IgE, allergic reactions, you'll learn what effect global warming is having on asthma, food triggers, and other common allergy-based triggers. Did you know that the "wax on store-bought apples" can set off an attack? It's amazing, but true. I was quite impressed at how well this book tackled the disease from the physiological aspects to the psychological impact of having to deal with asthma on a daily basis. There were many interesting little tidbits of information such as "lungs are least efficient around 4:00 A.M." that may help people understand why they wake during the night unable to breath. There are conversational portraits of young people prefacing each chapter who also have the disease and they discuss how they handle certain aspects of their illness. This multi-faceted book can be read by a wide range of people, enabling them to understand and learn about how they or someone else can cope with asthma. The text is informative without being overly technical. There are numerous instructive sidebars scattered throughout the book, photographs, and pertinent USA TODAY articles. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. Additional downloadable educational resources are available on the publisher's website. Quill says: This is an excellent book for a young person to learn about asthma and how to cope with the disease.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)