Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Asthma

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.

Studio Guests

Dr. Dayna Long, M.D.
Pediatrician, Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland
Medical Director, Camp Arroyo

Amy Sholinbeck
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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