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Raising Asthma Awareness

Did you know that asthma is one of the most common causes of absence from school? It is a chronic lung disease that often develops during childhood and currently affects an estimated 300 million people worldwide.

Asthma is a very interesting disease because it is extremely common but can only be managed and not cured. Whilst we understand how asthma affects the respiratory system we still don’t understand what exactly causes it. Scientists believe that changes in human lifestyles, human influences on the environment, genetic factors and the development of the immune system in early life may all contribute to the disease.

In recent years the number of people suffering with asthma has increased so rapidly that it is now one of the biggest mysteries in modern medicine! To help raise awareness of this common condition the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) has made today World Asthma Day.

To learn more about the symptoms of asthma and how it affects the respiratory system just watch the video below for a clear scientific explanation.

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Posted on May 7, 2013, in 2. Animal Physiology, 2.1 Breathing and Gas Exchange, Science Events and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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