Asthma Hospitalization Rates Higher for Menopausal Women
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Women in their 40s and 50s with asthma are twice as likely to be hospitalized from the condition as men of a similar age, according to research from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
Researchers analyzed data from the National Inpatient Sample Database between 2000 and 2010. The analysis showed boys have higher rates of asthma than girls, until puberty. However, during menopausal years, the rates of hospitalization for women are double those of men. These findings point to a potential biological basis for the condition.
"This study reinforces that asthma is a women's health issue," John Oppenheimer, MD, associate editor of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology was quoted as saying. "There is a need for more prevention and early intervention to reduce asthma hospitalization in menopausal women and reduce healthcare costs."
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SOURCE: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, September 2013
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