(From The Yomiuri Shimbun/Daily Yomiuri)
Asthma threatens kids, culture
An increasing number of children are suffering from bronchial asthma. The rise has been so rapid that the number of cases has increased sixfold in the past 30 years.
As summer turns to autumn, families of suffering children are unable to live in peace as the children repeatedly suffer from attacks.
Medical experts point out that modern draft-free houses, the proliferation of heaters and other developments in housing have helped dust mites--seen as one of the main causes of the disease--grow in number.
However, the exact causes vary widely, and studies of countermeasures against the disease remain insufficient. …