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Asthma control and prevention in Puerto Rican children ages 5-17 years old Please contact me so I can clarify this topic
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Asthma Control: Spirometry and Puerto Rican Children Introduction Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by breathlessness and wheezing (WHO, 2011). The severity and frequency of the attack may vary from person to person and its symptoms may affect the person several times for a day or even for weeks (WHO, 2011).
In the United States, 10 million children aged 17 years old and below, are diagnosed with asthma and that 7 million are still suffering from the disease (CDC, 2011). What makes matter worst, is the fact that asthma is considered as one of the most common chronic diseases among children and it is the third –ranked cause of hospitalization among children aged 15 and below (www.epa.gov). In addition, asthma among children causes 10.5 million days of school missed each year (www.epa.gov). Furthermore, Puerto Rican children have the highest prevalence rate of active asthma (11%) among Hispanic children. In this condition, Puerto Ricans have higher asthma prevalence and morbidity compared with whites, blacks, and other Hispanic sub-groups (Cohen 1331). In fact, in current study, the rate of asthma among Puerto Ricans is 113% higher than non-Hispanic white people and 50% higher than non-Hispanic black people (www.epa.gov). In the face of this perilous situation, there is an urgency to address the needs and health condition of the Puerto Ricans suffering from asthma. Since, there is a continued increase in asthma prevalence and morbidity among Puerto Ricans despite the continued effort of controlling and curbing the impact of asthma in the lives of Puerto Ricans afflicted with the chronic disease. ...
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