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Asthma: Six Times More Prevalent In The Mortality Of Black Children

Mar 07, 2017 06:03 PM EST

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Compared to white and Hispanics, asthma is six times more prevalent to cause mortality in black children. The study was pioneered by Dr. Anna Chen Arroyo from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

According to WebMD, there is no proven cure for asthma and it can be lethal if not properly controlled though proper diagnosis, medications, and treatment regimen plan. In the new study, Arroyo and her team analyzed the death of 2,600 children nationwide between 2004 and 2014. The death of these children was due to asthma.

The researchers found that 50 percent of asthma mortality was recorded in emergency departments whereas 14 percent and 30 percent of death was recorded in home and hospital respectively. Considering the location, black children has high mortality prevalence compared to other races.

Meanwhile, as reported by Medical News Today, there are tools and medicines that could help people with asthma. One of the basic tools used to test the condition is called peak flow meter wherein it provides a measurement of how well air moves out the lungs. The physician will later interpret the results and provide necessary treatment approach best for the patient.

The recent research suggests that the difference between region's accesses to health care might be the cause of the selective mortality and death cases of asthma among races. According to the researchers, further studies should be undertaken to determine what factors is affecting the poor health access of black children.

The study also provides a warning to the government to propose national measured in order to improve the treatment and control of asthma among black children. These guidelines should be able to decrease the mortality or death of these races due to the said condition. While genetic and environmental factor play a role in higher death risk of black children, the finding may also suggest issues and dicsrepancies to health care, as stated by Dr. Craig Osleeb.
  

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