Every Day, Asthma

Every Day, Asthma

03.22.12 | By Preet Bilinski

For me certain things seem to happen every day.

  • I hit the snooze button one too many times and spend the rest of the morning trying not to be late to work.
  • I somehow manage to make it to my Metro stop just as my train pulls away.
  • And there are never enough hours in the day to do everything I would like to get done.

There are also certain things that happen every day in regards to asthma in the U.S., according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

  • 40,000 people miss school or work due to asthma.
  • 30,000 people have an asthma attack.
  • 5,000 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
  • 1,000 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
  • 11 people die from asthma.

That really puts my minor daily struggles in perspective. You know what else happens every day? America's biopharmaceutical researchers work toward developing medicines to treat or prevent asthma. Currently there are 74 medicines to treat or prevent asthma in clinical trials or awaiting FDA review. Hear from Dr. Steven Pascoe of GlaxoSmithKline on how his patients describe the struggles of asthma and his hope for the future.

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