One in six US high school students has asthma

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One in six US high school students has asthma-study

Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:20 PM ET

By Paul Simao

ATLANTA (Reuters) - One out of every six U.S. high school students suffers from asthma and more than one-third of those report having an attack in the previous year, according to a federal study released on Thursday that suggests schools do more to manage the potentially fatal lung disease.

Asthma, which is marked by breathing difficulties, coughing and inflammation of the airways, disproportionately affects children and adolescents. In some states, it is the leading cause of absenteeism in schools.

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