The word "Asthma" first appeared in Homer's Iliad and was thought to be a disease affecting certain trades-metalworkers, tailors, and fisherman. Nowadays, it can affect up to one in four urban children in the developing world. Poor air quality appears to help contribute to a higher rate of asthma, as do congenital issues, overexposure to antibiotics, psychological stress, and even birth by Caesarean section. Whatever causes it, it's among the most frequent complaints in children. Below find research, advice, and parent guides about asthma from some of the best children's hospitals and government health and wellness organizations. It might help some of your patients breathe a bit easier.
American Academy Of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: http://www.aaaai.org/ For professionals, CME-credit articles and reading material from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. For parents, an A-to-Z glossary of allergic conditions, a just-for-kids page, and asthma and allergy news.
The Asthma And Allergy Foundation Of America: http://www.aafa.org/ A nonprofit patient organization that runs educational support groups for medical and emotional support. The Web site features an Ask the Allergist page as well as a toll-free help line, 800-7-ASTHMA.