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    Why do the two major cities in Arizona seem to be the worst places for asthmatics? The answer is, they aren't. I imagine that it might be a question of cause vs. result. In other words, are people who live in Arizona more prone to get asthma, or are people with asthma more prone to come to Arizona?

    In the days of smaller populations and cleaner air, people relocated to the Arizona desert in order to mitigate asthma symptoms.

    A possible reason for this ranking is historical in nature. Arizona's territorial government had a goal to make Arizona a health destination. Asthma treatment centers and attractive facilities sprung up, and asthmatics moved to the Arizona desert for relief. The fact that it was warm, dry and sunny made it that much more attractive. Asthmatics married, families expanded and a concentration of people with asthma in major Arizona cities grew.

    So, although this study may be of interest to some, it doesn't mean that those cities high on the list are the worst places for asthmatics. It just means that there are many of them there.
    •  my siddle dister lived in Yuma AZ for several year (1+ / 0-)
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      her theory was that East Coast asthmatics came for the sunny-dry, got much better, and then decided to make AZ look more like "home" -- by planting grass lawns and pollinating Eastern trees, and viola! all those Eastern allergies suddenly popped up out of nowhere (duh!)

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 02:37:31 PM PDT

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