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Format: 04/23/2014
Format: 04/23/2014


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Asthma is challenge for city children

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

By Pohla Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
More than 80 percent of a group of inner-city Pittsburgh children with known asthma had poor care in controlling the disease, a study by local researchers has found. The study also found that in a group of children who had never been told they had asthma, nearly half failed a screening test, indicating they could have the disease.

Concluding that more effort in the community needs to be done to help these children and others like them, researchers from Allegheny General Hospital and the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy presented their results Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in New Orleans.

"There may not be one single reason" for the high numbers, said lead researcher David Skoner, director of Allegheny General's Division of Allergy and Immunology. The study screened 69 youngsters in an afterschool program at a Hill District church.

"You can draw no conclusions from this population," Dr. Skoner said. "We weren't in the homes to test parents' knowledge of anything." More research is planned.


To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.  

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