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Urban kids with asthma need more frequent check-ups, Hopkins study suggests
Date:11/4/2007

arette smoke and automobile fumes.

In the study, researchers found that children with poorly controlled disease were two to three times more likely than those with good control to end up at the doctors office or in the emergency department with bad asthma symptoms in the three months following diagnosis.

The Hopkins scientists defined four levels of asthma control - mild intermittent, mild persistent, moderate persistent and severe persistent - determined by the frequency of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, waking up at night, use of rescue medications to stop an asthma attack and limitations on physical activity.

How often children needed medical attention for their symptoms varied greatly from one level to the next, researchers found, and each higher level of severity doubled a childs risk of emergency medical care.


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