Friday, March 28, 2014

Air pollution from traffic adds to hospital readmission for asthma

As per new study conducted at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, states that the excessive exposure to the traffic-related air pollution lead to the increases in the odds of readmission to the hospital for asthma in white kids. The study further proves that the white kids are exposed to high levels of TRAP that is almost three times more and are readmitted for asthma as compared to the white children with low TRAP exposure. It was also found that levels of TRAP exposure is not linked to increased risk of readmission of black children. The study can be read in The Journal of Pediatrics. The lead author, Nicholas Newman, DO, a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's explains, “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.”

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