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AGH Study Shows High Rates of Poorly Controlled Asthma Among Inner-City Pittsburgh Children
Date:3/1/2010

of Allergy and Immunology. “Even more alarming is that more than 80 percent of known asthmatics in the study had poor disease control.”

The high rate of screening failures for asthma is another cause for concern, said Dr. Skoner, as it represents children who need further evaluation and possibly treatment.

“Community-based interventions are needed to improve health outcomes in this at-risk population of inner-city youngsters,” he added.

In the Vitamin D study, the AGH researchers, led by Dr. Gentile, examined Vitamin D levels in 20 children with allergic rhinitis and asthma, 20 with allergic rhinitis and 20 with neither disease.

Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated as a potential factor in the development and expression of pediatric asthma.

The researchers found the most-reduced Vitamin D levels in children with both allergic rhinitis and asthma, while children with only allergic rhinitis also showed lower Vitamin D levels compared to those children with neither disease.

“While these results support the hypothesis that Vitamin D levels are compromised in children with asthma, further study is needed to gain a better understanding of how pediatric asthma develops and whether we will someday be able to use dietary interventions to ease symptoms,” said Dr. Gentile, Director of Research in AGH’s Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Other AGH researchers involved in the study were Dr. Skoner, Director of the Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Asha Patel, MS, Research Associate, and Ms. Koehrsen, MS, Coordinator of Research.

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