The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the findings from their annual ranking of the 100 most challenging places to live with asthma. For 2007, Atlanta, Georgia has been named as the top Asthma Capital.
With more than 20 million children and adults living with asthma all over the U.S., it is one of the most common and costly diseases. Experts agree that people cannot move away from their asthma since every city in America has a variety of risk factors.
The Asthma Capitals is an annual research project to call attention to the asthma epidemic and to advocate for changes in each city to improve the quality of life for people with asthma. Rankings are based on analysis of 12 factors in three groups: prevalence factors (morbidity and mortality statistics), risk factors (air quality, pollen, smoking laws, poverty and more), and medical factors (medication usage and access to specialists).
For more information and to view the complete rankings visit Asthma Capitals.