Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How does TRAP (Traffic-Related Air Pollution) Affect Asthma for Children?

Air pollution from traffic increases odds of hospital readmission for asthma(Press Release, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Mar. 27, 2014)

Also discussed here: Air pollution from traffic increases odds of hospital readmission for asthma(Science Daily, Mar. 27, 2014)

And here: Traffic Pollution Sends White Kids With Asthma Back To The Hospital(John Ericson, Repubhub, Mar. 27, 2014)

Today we review research on the health impacts for children living close to roadside emissions from traffic. Results indicate that white children were three times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than black children. Black children already were exposed to asthma causing conditions because of the health risks associated with low income living conditions which do not on average occur with white children in the USA.

 traffic and asthma  

Key Quotes:  

“white children exposed to high levels of TRAP are three times more likely to be readmitted for asthma than white children with low TRAP exposure.”

"Although black children in our study had a higher rate of asthma readmission overall, TRAP exposure was not a discernible factor for these children. This suggests that other factors such as social stress or other environmental factors may be particularly relevant in this population,"

"For example, caregivers of black children reported significantly higher rates of psychological distress and were more likely to live in poorer housing conditions, with visible cockroaches or holes or cracks in the walls,"

"This study adds to the evidence that TRAP exposure worsens the health of children with asthma…We hope that this study can inform public policy. It may also suggest ways to personalize patient care based on environmental risks."

“Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, affecting approximately 7.1 million children in the United States. The estimated annual cost of childhood asthma due to environmental factors, including air pollution is $2.2 billion”
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