Asthma Research Strategy
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- factors contributing to the induction and exacerbation of asthma (e.g., combustion-related products, bioaerosols, and air toxics);
- susceptibility factors contributing to asthma (e.g., genetics, health status, socioeconomic status, residence and exposure history, and lifestyle and activity patterns);
- and risk assessment and risk management of environmental pollutants relevant to asthma.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committed to preventing pollution and reducing risk from environmental health hazards in communities, homes, workplaces, and ecosystems. According to the 1997 asthma surveillance estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in March of 2002, 26.7 million people reported having had physician-diagnosed asthma during their lifetime. Many recent scientific journal articles and editorials have noted the increasing rates of asthma, particularly in chldren, and the need for further study. By following the goals detailed within the Asthma Research Strategy, EPA scientists will lead a coordinated reserach effort to address environmental pollutants that influence the incidence and severity of asthma. The strategy supplements and expands on other U.S. agency efforts to better understand this complex disease.
This document has been reviewed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy and approved for publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.
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