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Wayne State University to study effects of risky family environments on childhood asthma
Date:10/5/2011

of families. In order to develop clinical interventions and treatments that really work to combat asthma, it is essential that we get a clear view of the family risk factors. The EAR gives us a 'fly-on-the-wall' perspective of real families going about their daily lives, one that we believe is a big methodological step in the right direction."

This project will foster future "bench to bedside" translation of its key findings into novel interventions to reduce asthma in children. "It also will allow physicians to include family interventions based on family assessments, which ultimately will improve adherence to treatment plans as well as avoidance of asthma triggers that can lead to severe asthma attacks or even death," said Slatcher.

"This is an important study for children in Detroit, an area that has troubling high incidences of asthma morbidity and mortality," said Hilary Ratner, Ph.D., vice president for research and interim dean of the Graduate School at Wayne State University. "There is an urgent need to address this issue, and Dr. Slatcher's work aims to have a great impact on children who otherwise are helpless in getting the appropriate treatment plan and parent care they need to prevent or treat their asthma."


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Contact: Julie O'Connor
julie.oconnor@wayne.edu
313-577-8845
Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research
Source:Eurekalert

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