Tackling Health Disparities: Childhood Asthma

Photo of a young girl using an asthma inhaler. Image used courtesy of NICHD.


One condition for which NIH researchers are working to reduce disparities is asthma, the most common chronic condition that keeps kids home from school.

Compared to white children, Puerto Rican youngsters are 2.4 times more likely to suffer from asthma, African Americans, 1.6 times; and American Indians/Alaska Natives, 1.3 times.

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH

2 thoughts on “Tackling Health Disparities: Childhood Asthma

  1. Poor indoor environmental conditions can make the condition like asthma worse. Damp buildings, molds and poor indoor air quality can adversely affect such children. Children living in low socioeconomic families also suffer from mental stress which can also trigger asthma attacks.

  2. My fourth child was induced at 37 weeks, because my MD did not think I would make it to the hospital on time. I often think about that poor decision, as my son has asthma. Were his lungs ready??? Babies come when they are ready, not when we want them to come! Things have changed since 1993…no induced labor until 39 weeks.This is good,or better yet, go into labor naturally!

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