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Asthma mortality in France.
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PMID:  3624689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Deaths caused by asthma are now recognized in all western countries, but they were only lately accepted in France because Laennec and Trousseau denied that patients with asthma may die of asthma. The "epidemic" of asthma deaths of the 1960s was not observed. Since 1968, it appears that asthma deaths decreased until 1974 for females and until 1980 for males, and then increased up to 2.9/100,000 in males and 3.6/100,000 for females. In the age group 5 to 34 years, there is a slight increase of deaths caused by asthma with a death rate of 0.35/100,000 in males and 0.39/100,000 in females. The ninth revision of the ICD did not lead to an increase in the number of reported deaths caused by asthma. In Denmark, death rates in the age group 5 to 34 years are similar to those in France, but in Germany they are much greater in number, and a clear increase was noticed. The causes of death of individuals with asthma in France are similar to causes reported in other countries, but deaths caused by specific immunotherapy may be more frequent because asthma is often treated by this form of therapy. Moreover, some deaths were associated with "corticophobia," with many patients preferring to use homeopathy or acupuncture.
J Bousquet; F Hatton; P Godard; F B Michel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology     Volume:  80     ISSN:  0091-6749     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Allergy Clin. Immunol.     Publication Date:  1987 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-10-22     Completed Date:  1987-10-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1275002     Medline TA:  J Allergy Clin Immunol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  389-94     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Asthma / mortality*
Sex Factors
Status Asthmaticus / mortality

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