In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Ms. Chi Wen and Drs. Shelley H. Liu, Yan Li, Perry Sheffield, and Brian Liu of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai examined asthma disparities among 4-17 year olds in six non-Hispanic racial/ethnic groups — American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN), Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, other Asian, and multiple race — by using the 2006-2015 National Health Interview Survey. The prevalence of current asthma ranged from 5.5 percent among Chinese children to 13.8 percent among multiple-race children and 14.6 percent among AI/AN children. Compared with non-Hispanic White children, AI/AN and multiple-race children had higher odds for current asthma. The authors concluded that several small racial/ethnic groups are at heightened risk of asthma-associated outcomes, thus needing further research.
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