Study: Connections between start of school and asthma

“The spike in asthma exacerbations and hospitalizations in the fall is precisely related to the start of school and a subsequent increase in viral infections among children. Attempting to improve asthma control and reduce the transmission of infections as school starts could reduce the annual September asthma epidemic, according to new research. The September epidemic of asthma hospitalization: School children as disease vectors”” was published in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI). The study abstract can be found at //www.jacionline.org/article/PIIS0091674905025923/abstract. Neil W. Johnston, MSc, of St. Joseph’s Healthcare and McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and colleagues looked to determine the sequence of timing for September asthma hospitalization epidemics in children and adults, and determine whether school-age children transmit the viral infections that often lead to asthma attacks in adults. To read the full press release from the AAAAI, from which this was quoted, visit //www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2006/03/032306.stm”””

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