Free asthma screening Saturday – report shows asthma on the rise

This will make you catch your breath – a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that asthma is on the rise in the United States, with about one in 12 Americans showing signs of  this chronic disease.

The CDC report says that along with asthma rates going up, costs for treating asthma patients have risen, costing $56 billion in 2007.

If there’s any good news in the report, it’s that deaths from asthma have fallen in that same time. New treatments and more awareness of the disease mean both adults and children have a better chance of getting their asthma under control.

But first, you have to know that you have it. Washington University physicians and Barnes-Jewish staff are participating in an asthma screening at the St. Louis Science Center this Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The screening is free and for adults and children. You can find out if you have asthma, or if you already know that you have it, you can find out if it’s under good control. You don’t need to register beforehand – just walk in, take the screening and start breathing easier.

Here’s the link for more information on the screening:

-posted by Kathy Holleman

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