In this NBC4 video, Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, tells us who’s at higher risk of asthma and how budget cuts in Maryland affect those who suffer from it.
Are the Maryland budget cut short sighted? Does your zip code matter? Dr. Jackie refers to a Johns Hopkins asthma study, showing that race, ethnicity and income are the biggest risk factors for asthma.
High asthma incidence in inner-city areas may be due to demographic factors rather than living in urban neighborhoods, according to study findings in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Researchers analyzed data from the 2009-2011 National Health Interview Survey, the US Census and the National Center for Health Statistics for 23,065 children aged 6 to 17 years.
“Current asthma prevalence was significantly higher among blacks (17.1%) and Puerto Ricans (19.8%), compared with whites (9.6%), Hispanics (8.8%) and Asians (8.1%).”
“Black race and Puerto Rican ethnicity remained strong independent predictors of current asthma, even when neighborhood-level poverty, urban/rural status, region, sex, age and birth in the United States were included in the model.”