HealthDay News — According to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Atlanta, black American children are 6 times more likely to die from asthma than their white or Hispanic peers.

In the new study, a team led by Anna Chen Arroyo, MD, MPH, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues tracked data regarding the asthma deaths of 2571 children nationwide between 2003 and 2014.

The researchers found that just over 50% of all the deaths among children with asthma occurred in emergency departments or clinics rather than at home (14%) or in a hospital (30%). And in all these locations, black children were more likely to die than any other group of children.

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“The variation in the location of pediatric asthma deaths by race or ethnicity may imply a differential access to care,” Arroyo said in a news release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. “Studying these variations provides important insight and understanding these differences may guide future interventions more effectively.”


Black Children Six Times More Likely to Die of Asthma [press release]. Atlanta, GA: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; March 3, 2017.

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