Lege Artis Medicinae

[Why are there more asthmatic children?]

ENDRE László1

MARCH 01, 2000

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2000;10(03)

[Data for prevalence of asthma in children are presented from different countries of the world in 1998 and 1999. The disease is observed very frequently everywhere. Prevalence of asthma in children in Budapest increased from 1,88+0,87% to 2,26+0,95% between 1995 and February of 1999, as diagnosed by medical doctors. The increased prevalence (20%) could not be explained with the worsening of the city's air pollution (NO2, CO2, CO, ozone and particulate matter), or with the considerable increase of the pollen count of allergising plants. During the same 4 years the number of live births in Hungary decreased by 13%. The author discusses a few factors that may play an important role in the increasing frequency of asthma, and gives recommendations for slowing down the trend.]

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