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[email protected] A JN April 2015 Vol. 115, No. 4 17 Asthma Prevalence: A New Study Challenges Conventional Wisdom Race, ethnicity, and poverty increased the risk of asthma more than urban residence. T he prevalence of asthma in the United States has in- creased in recent years, and the health and economic burdens of the disease are high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease, char- acterized by inflammation and obstruction of the airway and ex- accerbations, or attacks, brought on by allergy-related or environ- mental triggers, currently affects roughly 25 million people in the United States. For many years it has been known that people living in the inner city are disproportion- ately affected by asthma—and it has been widely accepted that the urban environment itself was the greatest contributing risk factor. However, a new study from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center reveals that other factors, such as race, ethnicity, and poverty, may
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  • SANSKRUTI GUPTA
  • Epidemiology, Asthma Prevelance

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