Childhood Asthma Rates on the Decline

January 15, 2016

Eleven-year-old Isabella Sofield is taking a lung function test. The Manchester resident was diagnosed with asthma about five years ago.

“It’s hard to just go to gym and run around or outside,” she said.

Isabella’s one of 167,897 children in the state who suffer from asthma. According to the CDC, nationwide 6.3 million kids have the condition.

A new study in Pediatrics indicates current asthma rates ceased to increase among children in recent years. Study author Dr. Lara Akinbami says childhood asthma prevalence doubled between 1980 and 1995.

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