Asthma continues to be one of the most prevalent chronic lung diseases and growing health concerns in the state of Texas. Asthma, a potentially deadly illness, affects the lungs and causes the airways to become inflamed and swollen, and surrounding muscles to tighten. Symptoms include episodes of coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath.
According to the Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 2005, an estimated 1.5 million (6.8 percent) adult Texans and 458 thousand (7.3 percent) children 0-17 years of age currently report having asthma. Also, an estimated 2.5 million (11.1 percent) adult Texans and 728 thousand (11.6 percent) children report having had asthma during their lifetime.
In addition, asthma has had a significant economic impact on the state of Texas. According to the Texas Health Care Information Collection in 2004, hospital discharges listing asthma as the principle diagnosis and other diagnoses account for about $353 million in total charges.
The Texas Asthma Plan serves as a planning tool to initiate asthma activities in the state of Texas. The 2007-2010 Edition contains issue items with updated goals and action steps specific to regional areas throughout Texas.
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The Surgeon Generals' reports and respiratory diseases. From 1964 to 2014.
Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Feb;11(2):141-8
Authors: Samet JM
PMID: 24575983 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Emerging issues in pediatric asthma: gaps in EPR-3 guidelines for infants and children.
Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2014 Dec;14(12):477
Authors: Jackson DJ
There are many complexities to the treatment of infants and children with recurrent wheezing and asthma. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's (NHLBI's) Expert Panel Report-3 (EPR-3), published in 2007, provides guidance to clinicians who care for infants and children with asthma. Since that time, many important clinical trials have further informed the evidence base available to clinicians. In this manuscript, new approaches to long-term therapy, intermittent fixed-dose and dynamic dose therapies, and emerging therapies for asthma are reviewed. Further, additional gaps in guideline-based care and areas for future research are discussed.
PMID: 25269401 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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