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St. Louis Named Top Asthma Capital for 2009
Date:1/27/2009

Study Unveils Top 100 Most Challenging Places to Live with Asthma

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Louis, MO, is ranked as the No.1 Asthma Capital - the most challenging place to live with asthma in the U.S. (1) - according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), which conducted the study. This ranking was determined based on an analysis and scoring of 12 factors in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas. (1) St. Louis was ranked No.1 this year in part due to worse than average scores in crude death rate due to asthma (2.2%), higher than average pollen counts over the previous year and the lack of "100-percent" public smoke-free laws, which many other large cities are enacting. (1)

St. Louis topped the study after being ninth last year (2) due to a variety of factors, including poor air quality and a rise in the percentage of uninsured residents (2). It is interesting to note, however, that the prevalence of asthma, both estimated and self-reported in this city decreased slightly over the last year. (1,2)

In 2008, Knoxville, TN, ranked No.1 (2) but moved to the number seven spot in 2009 (1) because both the estimated and self-reported prevalence of asthma decreased, and reported pollen levels were lower than the national average, among other factors. (1) Of note, all of the top 10 Capitals scored "below average" with regard to whether these cities embraced "100-percent" public smoke-free laws. (1) The complete rankings with detailed data for each city can be found at www.asthmacapitals.com.

For six years, AAFA has scientifically researched and evaluated conditions in the largest metropolitan areas in America and ranked them based on quality of life for people with asthma in each city. The Foundation reviews 12 factors: Crude death rate (CDR) for asthma; the estimated prevalence of adult and pediatric asthma; risk fact
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