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Asthma control, school achievement linked.

City-dwelling children with asthma are much more likely than their non-asthmatic peers to be enrolled in special education services at school, according to an AJPH study of randomly selected public elementary schools in New York.

The September study found 34 percent of children in special education classes had an asthma diagnosis, compared with 19 percent of children in the general population. After researchers controlled for sociodemographic factors, they found that children with asthma were 60 percent more likely to be enrolled in special education. And those asthmatic children in special education were significantly more likely to be low-income and to have been hospitalized in the previous year and less likely to use a peak flow meter--an asthma medical device--than asthmatic children in the general population. (Page 1,593)
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Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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