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Sears difficult to interpret because of the use of different information sources for drug exposure,^^^ possible control selection bias^^^'^^^ and difficulties in selecting appropriate markers for 'severe' asthma,^^^^^^ although each succeeding study used an improved design and more relevant controls to reduce these concerns. ^^^ Cases of fatal or near-fatal asthma {n = 129) were each compared with two to eight controls (« = 655) also receiving medication but not having a fatal or near-fatal attack.

Burney^^"^ suggested a relationship with dietary sodium, based on sales of table salt and asthma mortality. 9) for morning and evening PEP respectively. ^^^ Epidemics of severe asthma and increased hospital admissions have occurred during or following weather changes. R. g. g. fungal spores, pollens or house-dust mite populations, rather than to direct cold or irritant effects on the airways. ^^^ EVIDENCE FOR INCREASING SEVERITY OF ASTHMA Data relating to hospital admissions for asthma^^"^^ and to the use of antiasthma drugs^^^"^^^ suggest that either the prevalence or severity of asthma, or both, have increased.

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