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Asthma hits state’s poor the hardest
California Watch

Asthma is on the rise in California, and the low-income tend to bear the greatest burden from the condition, according to a report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Since 2001, the percent of Californians diagnosed with asthma has increased from 11.3 percent to 13 percent, the study shows [PDF]. Asthma is most common in Central Valley and in Northern California counties, and least common in wealthy and coastal San Francisco.

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