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Childhood Asthma Death Toll Increasing in U.S., Experts Say

December 01, 1987|Associated Press

DENVER — Childhood asthma can be much more serious than many people think.

Nearly 1,500 children in the United States die from the chronic disease each year and the death rate is on the rise, according to medical experts at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine here.

The experts say children who have trouble adjusting to the disease are the most likely to die from an asthma attack. These children frequently:

- Have emotional disturbances, depressions and-or family problems.

- Disregard their symptoms. - Use their asthma to manipulate others.

Doctors advise that parents of asthmatic children with such problems, or demonstrating such behavior, should seek medical and psychological evaluation and treatment for their children.

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