Asthma twice as likely in black children as whites in 10-year span

Posted: 8/4/2014

From Healio:

Black children were twice as likely as white children to have asthma from 2001 to 2010, while disparities based on at-risk rates, including ED visits and hospitalizations, decreased, according to recent CDC-based study data.

Lara J. Akinbami, MD, of the National Center for Health Statistics, CDC, and colleagues used data to calculate estimates of asthma prevalence and outcomes, including ED visits, hospitalizations and deaths, for children aged 0 to 17 years. Weighted loglinear regression was used to calculate trends, while Joinpoint measured time changes in racial disparity.

"Disparities in asthma prevalence between black and white children increased from 2001 to 2010 (P>.01); at the end of this period, black children were twice as likely as white children to have asthma," the researchers wrote. Read more.