Helping City Kids With Asthma

Summary: A study was conducted in poor inner-city neighborhoods where asthma is rife among children. A program that reduces allergens and tobacco smoke in the home was found to result in fewer illnesses related to asthma. This study showed "the first significant reduction in asthma-related complications induced by the avoidance of environmental allergens."

Comment: The environmental interventions did not work miracles but they did have a moderate positive effect. All of the environmental interventions can easily be implemented and are cost-effective.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com

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