Study Links Racial Discrimination to Increase in Childhood Asthma
Wochit Headline News - Friday, 21 April 2017
According to a new study, African-American children who experience discrimination are at a greater risk of having asthma. One in 10 children in the United States have asthma. But the condition disproportionately affects African-American and Latino children more than white children. Dr. Luisa N. Borrell said in a press release, "Discrimination is a common and everyday experience for minority populations in America. People can be exposed to it at the individual and society levels. This constant stress gets embodied into our biology or DNA to change our bodies' responses to diseases and medical treatments. Our findings support this biological embodiment for asthma and its control among African-American children and among low-SES [socio-economic status] Mexican-American children."