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HHS HealthBeat (January 21, 2013)

Kids exercising with asthma

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers in New York City say kids in some areas are more likely than kids in others to have exercise-induced asthma, when symptoms come from being physically active. The researchers looked at data on 195 7- and 8-year-olds from middle-class households.

At Columbia University Medical Center Mailman School of Public Health, Matthew Perzanowski:

“Kids who were living in the neighborhoods with high asthma prevalence were almost twice as likely to have had exercise-induced asthma symptoms in the past year.”

The researchers don’t know why there were differences among neighborhoods, but they did find something that could help the kids. In general, one-third of kids who had symptoms had not used an inhaler to get medicine before being active.

The study in the journal Pediatrics was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: January 22, 2013