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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:42 pm 
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Each year, the so-called "September epidemic" strikes legions of children who suffer from asthma, a respiratory condition that affects roughly 10 per cent of children and causes more than 200 deaths annually, according to Statistics Canada.

Studies show the first few weeks of school bring a boom in asthma attacks -- violent, often terrifying episodes marked by coughing, wheezing and chest tightness -- and trips to the emergency room.

Hospital visits hit a "dramatic peak" 17 days after Labour Day, a holiday generally considered the end of summer vacation, said Neil Johnston, an epidemiologist at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health in Hamilton.

For older teens and adults, the spike comes about a week later and isn't as pronounced, said Johnston, who has analyzed the phenomenon in a number of studies.


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