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There is more to asthma than meets the air

  Annual Report Names the 100 Most Challenging Places to Live with Asthma 

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire There is still no cure for asthma, so for 22 million people in the U.S., this chronic disease continues to be a daily burden no matter where they live. But it’s not just air pollution they should be worried about. Factors such as pollen, secondhand smoke – even high rates of poverty, a large uninsured population or a high number of ER visits – can be critical signs that certain cities and states are worse for families with asthma. It is especially true for people with severe asthma.This is the conclusion of a recent study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) which just released a new list of the 2013 Asthma Capitals, the most challenging places to live with asthma in the U.S., AAFA has been assessing asthma prevalence, environmental risk factors and patient medical utilization in the largest 100 cities for the past decade and publishing its annual rankings. The report is designed to bring attention to the many factors involved in asthma quality of life, and to help patients, doctors and policymakers make informed decisions about prevention, treatment and public policies affecting asthma.

Richmond Rises Again

This year Richmond, VA, has risen once again to the top of the Asthma Capitals list, up from #23 last year. But Richmond is no stranger to the top spot: the city was #1 in 2010 and 2011. This year, many key factors pushed Richmond back to the top, such as very high levels of year-round pollen, high rates of poverty and uninsured, no city smoking bans, a high crude death rate for asthma and a large number of annual emergency room visits for asthma. Together these factors demonstrate that asthma continues to be poorly controlled in Richmond. See details for each city and review the full list of 100 metro areas at report is part of the Foundation’s effort to educate patients and families about asthma and help people recognize, prevent and safely manage the disease. The top 10 Asthma Capitals for 2013 are:

1.   Richmond, VA
2.   Chattanooga, TN
3.   Memphis, TN
4.   Philadelphia, PA
5.   Oklahoma City, OK
6.   Detroit, MI
7.   Dayton, OH
8.   McAllen, TX
9.   Atlanta, GA
10. Knoxville, TN


About AAFA

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