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Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:06 am

A recent study has concluded Black Americans are five times more likely to die of asthma and four times more likely to be hospitalized for the condition than other Americans.

The question is: Why?

See:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20060213...ogressmadeinclosingracialasthmagap
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:10 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Thread starter):
The question is: Why?

The article itself suggests a disparity in health insurance and a genetic disposition.
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:12 am

My half-assed theory: Genetics. I say that because black people obviously originally hail from Africa, which is dry, warm, and (in general), doesn't have lots of pollen and such floating around. Therefore, they might have acclimatized genetically to dealing with such conditions. The ones that are in North America may not be able to deal with the pollen and other atmospheric conditions. By contrast, the European-descent people on this continent are genetically predisposed to conditions that aren't too dissimilar.

Just my $0.02.
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:14 am

On average, blacks poorer than whites, with poorer health/diet, living in worse areas?
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:21 am

Asthma is an allergic reaction to agents like dust, asbestos, and stuff like mouse dander and cockroach droppings. Yes, its really gross, but roaches are some of the worst sources of asthma in cities. Given the relative poverty of blacks in this country with respect to whites, you can see why asthma rates are higher.
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:43 am

Well you'd have asthma too if you were forced to live in the ghettos next to factories, and other shitty poluted areas, right?

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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:04 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Thread starter):
The question is: Why?

Why the sudden interest in black health statistics?

As noted, environmental factors seem to play a big part. I'd be interested in statistics that show a breakdown by those living in the same (low income) type of environment.
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:23 am

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 6):
Why the sudden interest in black health statistics?

After reading the story on Yahoo, I felt it was my obligation to bring it to the attention of fellow A.netters. After all, the Blacks Disproportionately Afflicted With Aids (by AerospaceFan Feb 12 2006 in Non Aviation) thread has had a lot of quite interesting and informative discussion.
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:33 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Thread starter):
Blacks

Why the sudden racism? You can pick less offensive titles than "Blacks"...
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:01 am

I am asthmatic and it was worse when I was growing up in Chicago.
It started in 5th grade and I always missed 2 weeks of school a year during
march or april, that is when it always acted up. Then it became full time
when I was in College. It is much better now. I only need the Inhaler
when I exercise. There were times when I got sick that I could not
walk across the room without losing my breath. I hate it when Kids
have asthma. I lost an African American Friend in College due to asthma,
we use to play pick up basketball games all the time.

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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:09 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 8):

Why the sudden racism? You can pick less offensive titles than "Blacks"...

Are you serious?  Confused

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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:04 am

Quoting StuckinMAF (Thread starter):
Why?

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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:08 am

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 11):
Quit smoking blunts.

Not many people would have the cajones to offer their friend in need such valuable advice. I'm proud of you.
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:17 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 12):
I'm proud of you.

My life is now complete.  Big grin

From the article...

"And separate research found that one way to reduce asthma disparities is through traditional prevention strategies, such as identifying and removing asthma risk factors, and disease detection, management and control."

If you have the background for it in the gene pool, my advice would be to lay off any type of smoking.........especially the aforementioned.
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:19 am

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 13):
My life is now complete.

I would wait to see if your sage advice has any effect upon your friend in need.  Wink
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:22 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 14):
I would wait to see if your sage advice has any effect upon your friend in need.

Who cares. As long as you're proud of me, I need nothing more.

Edit: spelling

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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:24 am

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 15):
As long as you're proud of me, I need nothing more.

Yes, but I've been known to be fickle.
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:23 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 16):
Yes, but I've been known to be fickle.

Not I. I'm pretty consistent in my opinions. We'll talk about it over a blunt sometime.
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RE: Blacks Five Times More Likely To Die Of Asthma

Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:45 am

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 17):
We'll talk about it over a blunt sometime.

Alaska might be a good place. Just show up between, oh, 6PM and 6AM on a weeknight. Phone ahead though, so we know you're packin'.
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