World Asthma Foundation is supporting care of Asthma and asthmatics around the world. Please help those that suffer by spreading the word.
The WAF is doing it’s part by:
* Announcing the Defeating Asthma Project with the aim of shining a spotlight on getting to a cure
* Asthma education and advocacy for people with asthma who suffer
“We can move the needle by taking action now to make the difference for those that suffer from Asthma.” – Alan Gray, Director WAF Australia
We’ve hunkered down close to home here at the WAF. While doing so, we’re poring over volumes of available Asthma research data to share our understanding of the root causes of Asthma with emphasis on Severe Asthma.
Our ultimate goal is to understand the root cause of Severe Asthma (already considered a pandemic by many) while we aim for a cure. By banding together with other Asthmatics, including those that care about Asthmatics and clinicians that treat, we can defeat Asthma and we can do so now.
Why this Matters:
Asthma is not one disease but many and the causes underlying its development and manifestations are many including environmental issues
Asthma has reached pandemic levels around the globe
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects over 300 million worldwide
The projected rate will reach 400 million by 2025
Environmental exposures have been proven to play a significant role in the development of asthma and as triggers
Asthma is believed to be determined by a complicated set of one’s own genetics and environmental exposures including a multitude of toxic chemicals and the overuse of antibiotics
In the U.S., African Americans are almost three times more likely to die from asthma-related causes than the white population
Australia reported the highest rate of doctor diagnosed, clinical/treated asthma, and wheezing
Defining asthma remains an ongoing challenge and innovative methods are needed to identify, diagnose, and accurately classify asthma at an early stage to most effectively implement optimal management and reduce the health burden attributable to asthma
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, The total annual cost of asthma in the United States, including medical care, absenteeism and mortality, was $81.9 Billion a year.