- Written by Vivien Williams
Childhood asthma has made headlines in recent years because of an upward trend in the number of cases. That may have changed. A government study published in the journal Pediatrics, shows asthma rates may be leveling off or declining, but not for poor children. Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics looked at asthma rates between 2001 and 2013 and found rates increased until 2009 when they plateaued. Then in 2013 rates began to decline except for children in poverty.