A recent increase in asthma mortality has been reported in several countries. Such increases can be brought about by changes in factors acting close to the time of death, but they may also be caused by risk factors determined by the generation into which a person is born, as indicated by the year of birth. Asthma mortality rates since 1931 are independently associated with birthdate as well as date of death. In particular there has been an increase in asthma mortality in birth cohorts born since the 1940s. Such changes are unlikely to be due to a change in reporting of asthma deaths, and other evidence including the reported increase in the prevalence of eczema in succeeding National Birth cohorts supports the view that these changes may be due to an increased prevalence of atopy. In the absence of any further improvements in the management of asthma, such an increased prevalence of atopy implies that the mortality rate is unlikely to decline substantially for some years to come.
Descriptive epidemiology of bronchial reactivity in an adult population: results from a community study
A reappraisal of the United Kingdom epidemic of fatal asthma. Can general mortality data implicate a therapeutic agent?
Deaths from asthma in Italy (1974-1988): is there a relationship with changing pharmacological approaches?
The Darlington and Northallerton Prospective Asthma Study: best function predicts mortality during the first 10 years
Enhancement of allergic inflammation by diesel exhaust particles: permissive role of reactive oxygen species
Trends and district variations in the hospital care of childhood asthma: results of a regional study 1970-85
West Sweden Asthma Study: prevalence trends over the last 18 years argues no recent increase in asthma
Macrophage phagocytosis: effects of environmental pollutants, alcohol, cigarette smoke, and other external factors
An interview study to estimate prevalence of asthma and chronic bronchitis. The obstructive lung disease in northern Sweden study
Rate and place of death from asthma among different ethnic groups in Israel: national trends 1980 to 1997
Direct or indirect stimuli for bronchial challenge testing: what is the relevance for asthma epidemiology?
Labelling shift from acute bronchitis may be contributing to the recent rise in asthma mortality in the 5-34 age group
Aortic dissection in pregnancy: importance of pregnancy-induced changes in the vessel wall and bicuspid aortic valve in pathogenesis
Quantifying the health benefits of chronic disease prevention: a fresh approach using cardiovascular disease as an example
Mortality due to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and cancer in adults with cerebral palsy
Geospatial relationships of air pollution and acute asthma events across the Detroit-Windsor international border: study design and preliminary results
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Allergy and Asthma
Allergy and asthma are inflammatory disorders that are triggered by the activation of an allergen-specific regulatory t cell. These t cells become activated when allergens are recognized by allergen-presenting cells. Here is the latest research on allergy and asthma.