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National Asthma Control Program : improving quality of life and reducing costs 2002
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    Asthma control: improving quality of life and reducing costs -- CDC’s National Asthma Control Program -- Asthma Control Program highlights -- Examples of CDC's National Asthma Control partners -- State activity highlights -- Future directions.

    Asthma’s impact on health, quality of life, and the economy is substantial, and asthma rates are increasing. Although asthma rates differ only slightly by race, severe asthma hits hardest and disproportionately among poor, minority, inner-city populations.

    Currently, there is no way to prevent the initial onset of asthma, and there is no cure. However, people who have asthma can still lead quality, productive lives if they control their asthma. Asthma can be controlled by taking medication and by avoiding contact with environmental “triggers.” These environmental triggers include cockroaches, dust mites, furry pets, mold, tobacco smoke, and certain chemicals.

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