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Murphy, Wendy B.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Examines the various causes of asthma, what happens during an attack, how the disease can be controlled, and theories of treatment.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 10.2 5.0 28980.
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RC591 .M86 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"My first real memory of asthma was real scary," said 14 year-old Rob. It's not hard to understand why. Asthma attacks have been described as feeling like a heavy grown man is sitting on your chest, or like your lungs have been wrapped in rubber bands. Breathing is something we take for granted until it becomes difficult, and then you'd trade anything you had for a deep breath of air. Much has been learned about asthma recently and, since the disease is becoming more common, new research is being done to find out even more about the disease and how it can be controlled. In this book, author Wendy Murphy has encouraging news for asthma sufferers. She points out that experts agree on the benefits of getting hold of the disease before it gets hold of you. While there is no cure for asthma, there are many steps that can be taken not only to identify those things that trigger an attack but to know when an attack might be imminent so medication can be adjusted. If you are one of the growing number of asthma sufferers, this informative book will help you to understand just what's happening that makes it hard for you to breathe, what you can do (with your doctor) to help yourself and what researchers and scientists are doing to find better, longer-lasting treatments.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Asthma is on the rise. Perhaps it's because people spend more time indoors, and household insulation has improved, which makes the harboring of allergens more likely. Nowadays, too, medicine has wiped out many childhood illnesses, with the result that the infections kids used to get can't serve a "useful purpose of making people less vulnerable to allergies." Whatever the reasons, the respiratory disease now affects nearly five million youth under age 18. Murphy explains asthma's effects and treatment in careful detail. Readers will find a treasure trove of accessible information, ranging from attack "triggers" (mainly allergens, but also sinus infections, smoke, stress, and numerous others) to an explanation of an asthma attack, respiratory physiology, a medical workup to diagnose asthma, treatment possibilities that include mainstream and alternative therapy possibilities, and consideration of the emotional side of asthma. Asthma sufferers, their families and friends, and students researching the disease will make good use of this informative title. Black-and-white photos; bibliography; list of organizations; glossary. --Anne O'Malley

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-This clear but wordy discussion emphasizes the importance of learning as much as possible about the disease and how it effects individual sufferers. The clinical side is briefly explained while the majority of the text is concerned with daily maintenance-how to organize living spaces, how to manage in school and with friends, and how to deal with emotions. The author encourages good communication with the doctor and advocates strict compliance with the medical plan. However, she gives considerable space to some alternative medical practices. The dark, black-and-white photos have little significance. This book covers the same material as Mona Kerby's Asthma (Watts, 1989; o.p.) and Alvin Silverstein's Asthma (Enslow, 1997).-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.