Airway Differences May Explain Why Asthma Can Be More Serious for Blacks

News Date: 
January 13, 2017 :00am

Asthma has long been a chronic lung disease that has plagued its fair share of individuals. However, a recent study has shown that black people are more susceptible to this disease than the average white man/woman. Although access to health care and living conditions are a factor, they aren’t entirely responsible for this anomaly. Researchers have found that differences in airway inflammation plays a huge role in a patient’s response to treatments, and these differences can be found to vary from race to race—particularly for African-Americans. In fact, the asthma has been found to be 2-3 times more deadly for blacks than it is for whites.

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