BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Some good news came from a group of researchers from the CDCP, as scientists say asthma not so prevalent in kids anymore, except if poor or older.
A group of researchers from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, led by Dr. Lara Akinbami from the CDCP’s National Center for Health Statistics, after using data collected from the National Health Interview Survey from 2001 until 2013, discovered the new prevalence of asthma in children up to 17 years old.
The previous trend stated that ever since 1982, the prevalence of asthma in kids of all ages and social classes has been on the rise, peaking in 2009 at almost 10%. However, in 2013, they seem to have leveled off at a little over 8%.
The results showed some interesting statistics. First of all, Dr. Akinbami says, different groups of children showed different prevalence rates.
Between 2001 and 2013, the prevalence of the affliction leveled off or even decreased for most children, except for two groups – children aged 10 to 17, and children living in families under the poverty level.
However, for children under 10 and those living in families above the poverty, the trends have started to level out.
Even though Latino children had the highest number of recorded asthma cases, during the duration of the study, their trend has also leveled out.
Another difference in ethnicity groups is related to asthma trends for black children.
Even though previously the prevalence in the ranks of black children was increasing much quicker than for white children, the trend has finally leveled out for them as well.
From 2001 to 2011, the difference in asthma rates for black children and white children grew enormously, from a 30% higher chance of contracting the affliction, to an over 100% chance. However, starting with 2011, the prevalence has stopped increasing for the minority kids.
The experts can’t really tell with the limited amount of data they have the reason for the increase in prevalence for older kids, although the explanation for poor kids is quite obvious.
Children living under the poverty line are usually in contact with a lot more sources that cause asthma, compared to richer ones. Such sources would be mold, mildew, tobacco smoke, smog, dust mites, etc.
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