Asthma Rates on Rise among Poorest Kids or Children: Study
Researchers through a newly conduced study have shown that childhood asthma rates have although stopped rising among several US age groups, it has been found that the sickness is still common among poorest kids aged 10 and older.
The conclusions were drawn after analysis of National Health Interview Survey data, a government questionnaire that asks a nationally representative sample of parents about their children’s health.
The analysis included record of about 150,000 children. The authors of study whose findings were published in the January edition of Pediatrics said that they will need some more data to find out if the trend has caused a reverse in the epidemic or if this is a smaller change.
So far the team found out that he asthma rate has almost doubled from 1980 to 1995 from 3.6% in 1980 to 7.5% in 1995. The rate of increase alter slowed down rate from 2001 to 2010 from 8.7% in 2001 to 9.3% in 2010.
Racial disparities also increased as more African-American and Hispanic kids were diagnosed with asthma than white children, found researchers. From 2008 the numbers stayed constant and later declined in the most recent years.
The main issue is for kids living in the South and who are between the age of 10 and 17 and are poor. In such groups the cases of asthma are increasing at an alarming rate.
According to some previously conducted studies, the increase in children diagnosed with asthma may have been due in part to doctors’ better awareness about asthma.
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