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59 Asthma “ In many individuals the failure to use a peak flow meter despite severe asthma is one indicator of who may suffer a fatal attack.  . Many patients do not accept that they have asthma and that it is a chronic disease that requires regular monitoring and medication. ” —Francis V. Adams, The Asthma Sourcebook. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. Adams is a pulmonary specialist and a professor of clinical medicine at New York University. “ Experts in the field of asthma have suggested that Buteyko breathing exercises can improve asthma symptoms in some people, and there is some research to support this belief.

Over the past 70 years I have seen very little change in the treatments available for people like me with chronic asthma. The packaging and delivery systems are different, but the medications are essentially the same. I am still waiting for the wonders of modern science to allow me to be asthma free. ” —Elayne Lofchie, “Living with Asthma: Our Stories,” American Asthma Foundation, 2009. org. Lofchie has suffered from asthma since the age of 13.  . are often associated with asthma but they are not necessarily elements of an asthma diagnosis.

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