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CDC: more people have asthma

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Nearly one in 12 Americans now say they have the disease. That's nearly 25 million people with Asthma.

For the past four years, the rate has been holding steady at a little under 8%, but in 2009 that number went up 8.2%. CDC officials say diagnostic efforts could be part of the reason for the increase.

Dr. Dennis Robinson, a doctor with the Allergy and Asthma clinics of Georgia says cases have been growing in number for years.

He says there is no way to pinpoint just one thing that can lead to the increase..in his patients there are many different factors that can be a setup for one to develop asthma. 

"It might be their occupation, It might be infections they've had respiratory wise that sets it off, it could be smoking in the home or in the person themselves, so there are a lot of different styles that seem to bring it on," Robinson said.

Asthma treatments seem to be improving, only 52% of the people surveyed in 2009 reported an attack. That's down from 60% at the beginning of the decade.

 
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