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# Despite improvements in treatment for asthma, the death rate

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Despite improvements in treatment for asthma, the death rate form this disease has doubled during the past decade from its previous rate. Two possible explanations for this increase have been offered. First, the recording of deaths due to asthma has become more widespread and accurate in the past decade than it had been previously. Second, there has been an increase in urban pollution. However, since the rate of deaths due to asthma has increased dramatically even in cities with long-standing, comprehensive medical records and with little or no urban pollution, one must instead conclude that the cause of increased deaths is the use of bronchial inhalers by asthma sufferers to relieve their symptoms.

Each of the following , if true, provides support to the argument EXCEPT:

(A) Urban populations have doubled in the past decade.

(B) Records of asthma deaths are as accurate for the past twenty years as for the past ten years.

(C) Evidence suggests that bronchial inhalers make the lungs more sensitive to irritation by airborne pollen.

(D) By temporarily relieving the symptoms of asthma, inhalers encourage sufferers to avoid more beneficial measures.

(E) Ten years ago bronchial inhalers were not available as an asthma treatment.

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29 Mar 2004, 11:26
I will go with A on this one.

A brings in a possibility that increase in population may be the cause of increase in death rate of ashtma patients.

B - if records are accurate then it is possible that either of the reasons pollution and inhalers may be the primary causes of deaths. But the later part of argument rules out pollution as the cause.
C - Inhalers are responsible for worsening the asthma besides providing temporary relief
D - Very obvious reason to support the argument
E - Since inhalers are recent phenomenon it is possible that they might be the cause of more deaths.

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29 Mar 2004, 12:00
I agree with Anandnk. Every other answer supports the conclusion besides A.

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29 Mar 2004, 13:29
Nice explanation Anandnk, yes A for me as well.
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29 Mar 2004, 21:57
anandnk wrote:
I will go with A on this one.

A brings in a possibility that increase in population may be the cause of increase in death rate of ashtma patients.

B - if records are accurate then it is possible that either of the reasons pollution and inhalers may be the primary causes of deaths. But the later part of argument rules out pollution as the cause.
C - Inhalers are responsible for worsening the asthma besides providing temporary relief
D - Very obvious reason to support the argument
E - Since inhalers are recent phenomenon it is possible that they might be the cause of more deaths.

Your explanation leaves no room to maneuver. Agree
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15 Apr 2016, 03:25
Guys i agree with you. My choice is A.

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