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New cases of asthma in children in England and Wales has fallen by two thirds

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:691
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

The number of new cases of asthma fell significantly in England and Wales between 1996 and 2003, with the number in children falling the most, the latest issue of Social Trends says.

Between 1996 and 2003 new episodes of asthma (the mean weekly incidence of a first or new attack) fell by 46% among men and boys and by 41% among women and girls. The biggest decline was among children aged under 5 years—a fall of nearly two thirds. New episodes halved among the 5 to 24 years age group. The issue does not indicate any possible reasons for this.

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