- March 13th 2012
When treating overweight and obese youths, physicians should keep in mind that an elevated body-mass index increases one's likelihood of having asthma, said the lead author of a recent study.
But the extent to which weight impacts a patient's risk of developing the disease depends, in part, on the individual's ethnicity or race, said Mary Helen Black, PhD. She is a research scientist bio-statisticianin the Dept. of Research and Evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena, Calif.
Among youths, the odds of having current asthma are greatest for blacks, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in the journal Obesity. The study, co-written by Black, defines people with current asthma as those diagnosed with the condition in the past year and who have at least one asthma-specific medication on their medical records.
Black youths were nearly twice as likely to have current asthma compared with whites of the same age. But when researchers grouped participants [Read more]