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Study finds new asthma cases on the decline

Asthma cases in children and young people are on the way down but the poor are still more likely to suffer, according to new figures. MiNDFOOD reports.

A study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare compared figures from 2001 with 2007-08 and found the prevalence of asthma in people aged between 5 and 34 years old had dropped by 25 per cent.

The study also found a drop in the number of new cases among young people and a fall in hospitalisations and deaths linked to asthma.

The director of the Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring, Professor Guy Marks, says during the 1980s and 1990s the number of cases were increasing, but the long-term trend is now down.

“Our report today shows that over the last 10 years there’s been a decline in the number of children and young adults who have asthma by around about one quarter compared to what it was in 2000,” he said.

“The same has been seen for the number of people who have been hospitalised from asthma. There has been a decline probably since the mid-1990s again that seems to have plateaued in recent years.”

The report also found those from disadvantaged areas were more likely to be hospitalised than people from high socio-economic areas … the gap has widened in recent years.

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