Medical students have many reasons to be aware of asthma. Statistics from the Asthma UK website (www.asthma.org.uk) are alarming — on average, 1400 people die from asthma each year in the United Kingdom, and about a third of deaths (34%) caused by asthma occur in people under the age of 65. As many as 75% of admissions for asthma are avoidable, however, and an estimated 90% of the deaths are preventable.
So, take a deep breath before trying to delve into all aspects of asthma. There is a huge amount of information available on the world wide web. To make things easier, let's sort some of them out for you.
One excellent resource for your search is the Medline Plus site (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/asthma.html). It comprises an array of comprehensive information, which is clearly divided into many sections. You can read the latest news, articles on treatments, diagnoses, and even learn how