Asthma And Body Mass Index

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Asthma and Body Mass Index; Does it Associate? Asthma, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is a chronic lung disease that narrows and causes inflammation of the airways (2014). The effects of asthma on the body include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness, if left untreated a severe asthma attack could be fatal (NIH, 2014). While asthma currently has no cure, it is assumed that preventative measures can be taken to lessen the risk or improve the chance of a flare up; although it is not a guarantee. A study of collected data regarding body mass index and asthma will be reviewed to determine if there is sufficient association to relate the two subjects as cause and effect. This paper will briefly discuss the subjects, methods, measures, and any issues related to the proposed research.
The ideal type of design for determining a positive or negative association between body mass and asthma in early stages would be an observational cross-sectional method. Medical records can serve as the recorded data and a random survey of obese versus non-obese individuals would be performed in order to obtain records (JAMA, 2014). It is important to note that this type of design is not generally favored for determining cause however, is applicable in this scenario as confirming association is the first step. An additional step in the data collection process may include a survey to determine if the participants have ever been

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