19 Jun '12, 10am

Asthma and the inner city: East St. Louis children struggle with life-threatening disease — Environmental Health News

Asthma and the inner city: East St. Louis children struggle with life-threatening disease — Environmental Health News

The 4-year-olds laughed as they ran out on the playground at the start of morning recess. Within minutes, one boy stopped, a terrified look on his face. Brenda Crisp and her staff immediately realized what was happening: Asthma attack. “He escalated from zero symptoms to a severe attack in no time at all,” Crisp said. “It came out of the clear blue.” An ambulance rushed the boy to the hospital, where he recovered for two days. Two years later, he still suffers asthma attacks and must take his nebulizer, which delivers a dose of corticosteroids and oxygen, wherever he goes. This wasn’t the first – or the last – near-deadly attack Crisp and her staff have witnessed at the East St. Louis daycare center. When it comes to asthma, the children of their community are at high risk. Nearly all are African American and most live in poverty. Industrial plants ring their city, and exh...

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