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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. ...
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.
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
Selected Bibliography 121
Further Reading and Websites 122
Posted March 27, 2011
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 NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.