Health: Asthma Alarm

Millions of kids would breathe easier if their parents paid closer attention

There aren't many parents who would let their children suffer needlessly. But if the results of a new survey are correct, suffering is just what many of the 6 million U.S. youngsters with asthma are doing.

Asthma, for all the problems it causes, is an eminently controllable condition, provided children take their medications, limit exposure to allergens and visit their doctor regularly. Nonetheless, Asthma Action America--a national education organization composed of 21 health groups, including the American Lung Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians--reported last week that 54% of asthmatic American children had a severe attack in the past...

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