BEYOND THE HEADLINES
September 4, 2011
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings
Today's show looks at something many of us take for granted: the ability to breathe easily.
According to the non-profit collaborative, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP):
- Asthma is the most chronic childhood disease.
- 6.8 million children are affected nationwide.
- In California, 1 in 6 children have been diagnosed with asthma. That's 1.5 million kids.
In 2007, children with asthma were admitted in high numbers:
- 63,500 emergency department visits
- 10,600 hospitalizations
The rates in the Bay Area are greater than other parts of the state. Alameda County, in particular, has the second highest hospitalization rates for asthma in California.
Lead Asthma Coordinator, Asthma Start Program
Alameda County Public Health Department
Anne Kelsey Lamb
Director, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP)
Dr. Andrew McClintock Greenberg, M.D.
Pulmonologist, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland
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