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Asthma diagnosing technique picks up misdiagnoses

A technique that accurately diagnoses asthma, Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperventilation (EVH), was used on British Olympic athletes and found that 20% of them had undiagnosed asthma. Also, many who had been previously diagnosed with asthma were found not to have the condition. This test is vital for athletes as it can provide conclusive prove as to whether they have asthma and hence need medication. Childhood asthma rates in Britain have risen from 5.5% in 1973 to 12% in 1998 and 27.3% in 2003.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News Scotsman

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About: Asthma diagnosing technique picks up misdiagnoses

Date: 1 December 2004

Source: News Scotsman

Author: John Innes

URL: http://news.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=1377302004

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