New Study: Homeless children have high rates of asthma

According to a new study in the March issue of The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the prevalence of asthma among homeless children in New York City is approximately 40 percent, which is six times the national rate for children. Diane E. McLean, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., from Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, and colleagues at the Children’s Health Fund and Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health investigated the prevalence of asthma among 740 children whose families entered three New York City family shelters between June 30, 1998 and September 18, 1999. To read the abstract, visit: //archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/158/3/244?maxtoshow=&H ITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=asthma+homeless&searchid=107877255 7852_2212&stored_search=&FIRSTINDEX=0. To read a newspaper article on the study, visit: //www.nytimes.com/2004/03/02/nyregion/02asthma.html?ex=1079251757&e i=1&en=9747a3decd569c26

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