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Epidemiology, pathology, and pathophysiology

Graham S. Devereux

in Asthma

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199638918
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199638918.003.0001

Series: Oxford Respiratory Medicine Library

Epidemiology, pathology, and pathophysiology

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//enumerator[not(matches(., '[0-9 Asthma is more common in affluent Westernized countries and its prevalence has increased over the last 40 years • Features associated with a Westernized lifestyle such as improved hygiene, obesity and diet have been suggested as possible contributory causes to the rise in allergic diseases such as asthma • Asthma is more prevalent in children (10–15%) than adults (5–10%); in children, it is more common in males and in adults more common in females • A genetic tendency along with environmental influences leads to hallmark features of asthma, which are inflammation, airway hyperresponsiveness and reversible airflow obstruction.

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Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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