ASTHMA

1. In this study 192 cases of bronchial asthma were treated with acupuncture. After a course of treatment 30.7% of the cases all symptoms disappeared, in 45.8% they were markedly improved and in 22.4% they were improved.

Junqi Z. Immediate Antiasthmatic Effect of Acupuncture of Bronchial Asthma. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, June 1990 34/33.

2. In this study, 985 patients with bronchial asthma were treated with moxiabustion. Of these patients 505 (51.2%) were cured, 253 (25.7%) attained good results, 172 (17.5%) attained satisfactory results and 55 (5.6%) attained no results.

The Human Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Observation On the Effect of 'Blistering Moixbustion' on 985 Cases of Bronchial Asthma. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, May 1983 12/10

3. Downtown traffic reduction during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games gave CDC investigators the chance to determine the relation between air pollution and childhood asthma events. In this ecological study, the investigators compared the rate of acute asthma attacks in Atlanta's children (age range, 1 to 16 years) during the 17 days of the Olympics with rates 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after the Olympics.

During the Olympics, peak weekday morning traffic dropped 22.5%, and peak daily ozone concentrations decreased 27.9%. The number of acute-care asthma events (involving emergency care, urgent care, or hospitalizations) decreased 41.6% (4.23 vs. 2.47 daily events) in the Georgia Medicaid claims file, 44.1% (1.36 vs. 0.76 daily events) in the HMO database, 11.1% (4.77 vs. 4.24 daily events) in 2 pediatric emergency departments, and 19.1% (2.04 vs. 1.65 daily hospitalizations) in the Georgia Hospital Discharge database. No change in the rate of non-asthma acute-care events was noted among children.

Friedman MS et al. Impact of changes in transportation and commuting behaviors during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta on air quality and childhood asthma. JAMA 2001 Feb 21; 285:897-905.