Health Watch — Kids' Stuff: Inner-city Asthma

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about medical issues involving children. Children who live in inner cities have a much higher risk for asthma, and now researchers are testing a new drug that could help.

Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, chief of allergy at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says inner-city children are exposed to more asthma-triggering allergens such as cockroaches, dust mites, molds and animal dander, and they tend to have more severe asthma. The new drug targets the antibodies in the immune system that perpetuate the asthmatic reaction. Some people develop more of these antibodies, which make asthma worse in people with allergies.

Researchers hope the drug is effective at reducing asthma attacks in inner-city kids. That, in turn, can help these children avoid missing school because of their asthma. 


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February 2007

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