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New cases of acute childhood asthma decline

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:542
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The number of new cases of acute childhood asthma being seen by GPs has declined dramatically over the past decade, new research shows.

    The number of cases is less than half that being seen at the peak of the epidemic in the spring of 1993, according to data collected by researchers at the Birmingham research unit of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

    The researchers say that many other studies that have shown that the number of cases is still increasing use cumulative prevalence data rather than measuring active disease.

    “Everyone keeps …

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