Asthma rates at all-time high

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(CNN) – The number of Americans suffering from asthma is at an all-time high. That’s according to the U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The government agency saw a significant jump in asthma patients from 2001 to 2010, with one out of every 12 Americans living with the disease in 2010.

Asthma is a chronic disorder with no known cure. A person’s airflow is periodically obstructed due to inflammation and the contraction of tiny muscles around the airway.

Patients are encouraged to work with their doctors in creating and following an action plan to respond to and prevent flare ups.