Why Asthma Might Be More Deadly For Blacks
According to Journalist’s Resource, black adults are more likely to struggle with asthma than their white counterparts. The National Institutes of Health has reported that African Americans have more asthma-related ER visits, higher asthma-related mortality rates, and more frequent hospitalizations than whites, but why is this so? According to a new study, it might be because blacks are less responsive to asthma treatments.
Why This Respiratory Condition is More Deadly For Blacks
According to study correspondent author Dr. Sharmilee Nyenhuis, “Our findings of higher numbers of African-Americans with this type of airway inflammatory pattern suggests a mechanism that may account for more severe and difficult to control asthma in African-Americans.”
Nyenhuis is referring to an airway inflammatory pattern called “eosinophilic airway inflammation,” which has a reduced response to corticosteroids.
Corticosteroids are frequently used in asthma medications, but Nyenhuis states that “eosinophilic airway inflammation in blacks may be associated with worsened asthma and a reduced response to corticosteroids.”
The study, which was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, also pointed out the need for further investigation of other types of treatments for blacks who suffer with asthma.
By: Danielle Dixon
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