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Learning more about asthma – fda.gov

Learning more about asthma – fda.gov – Brief Article

John Henkel

Asthma affects nearly 15 million people in this country, 5 million of whom are under age 18, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Although asthma-related mortality in the United States is among the lowest in the world, the disease still kills about 5,000 people domestically each year.

To help consumers understand better what asthma is and how to treat and manage it, the NHLBI has created the Asthma Management Model System, an interactive Web site loaded with useful information. The model has three main features:

* Education–provides access to an electronic library, patient education materials, and teaching/ learning tools.

* Communication–allows registering for e-mail updates and online forums and discussions.

* Research–links to several searchable databases related to asthma research.

The site, at www.nhlbisupport.com/asthma/, also includes an online tutorial that explains how to best search the model.

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