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US-Born Mexican Americans Have A Higher Asthma Rate

1/18/05 - LatinRapper.com news
 

Latino asthma rate

US-born Mexican Americans have a higher prevalence of asthma than do Mexican Americans born in Mexico, according to study published in the second issue for January 2005 of the American Thoracic Society's peer-reviewed American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  The results were based on data from 4,574 persons who self-reported their ethnicity as Mexican American during the Third National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHAMES III), as well as from 12,980 persons who reported their Mexican American heritage in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

 

Of the 4,574 NHAMES III participants, 2,422 were U.S.-born Mexican Americans; of the 12,980 persons involved from NHIS, 5,860 were U.S.-born.

Slightly over 8 percent of the U.S.-born Mexican Americans had asthma, as contrasted with slightly over 2.5 percent of the Mexican-born participants. The authors said that, since prolonged residence in the U.S. also increased the prevalence of asthma in the Mexican-born participants, their study results imply that either cumulative environmental exposure and/or lifestyle changes after immigration could have influenced their risk of developing asthma.

 

 

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