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Asthma affects 100 to 150 million people world wide and is increasing by 50% each decade. It causes 180,000 deaths each year. It is a controllable but not curable chronic, inflammatory lung disease. Symptoms can be mild or severe and include chronic coughing light wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and restlessness..
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by BBC News
About: Asthma kills 180,000 people a year.
Date: 8 Jan 2004
Source: BBC News
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