asthma morbidity and asthma-related risk factors among inner-city school children

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  • 577 Asthma Morbidity and Asthma-Related Risk Factors AmongInner-City School ChildrenK. Paris, M. Mvula, C. Moore; Department of Pediatrics, LSU HSC, NewOrleans, LA.RATIONALE: To determine the magnitude of asthma-related morbidity,treatment and risk factors in a select inner city population.METHODS: Routine health screenings, including tests for asthma, wereconducted at an urban high school. Participants (204) filled the Interna-tional Study of Asthma and Allergy in Childhood (ISAAC) questionnaire,identified their treatment, and asthma tools. Demographic informationwas collected.RESULTS: Participants were 13-19 years: 50.5% African American,45.1% white, 31.4% male. Cumulative asthma prevalence was 18.8%.Related morbidity was: Lifetime wheezing, 24%;12-month wheezing,12.7%, girls reporting it 3.36 times more often (95% CI: 1.54, 7.36);wheezing more than 4 times in 12 months, 4.7%; wheezing with exercise,10.9%; and night cough, 10.5%. There was significant associationbetween race and wheezing in the past 12 months (p < 0.024), whitesreporting 3.78 times more often (95% CI: 2.01, 7.10). Parents with lesseducation,


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