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Home remediation in low-income housing shows significant effect on childhood asthma

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New Rochelle, NY, Nov. 4, 2015 — Children with asthma living in low-income, urban public housing had significantly fewer visits to the emergency department (ED), less use of rescue medication, and less disrupted sleep with a program that combines home repairs to reduce asthma triggers, training, and comprehensive care, called Controlling Asthma Through Home Remediation. Preliminary program findings also showed a reduction in daytime asthma symptoms, as reported in Environmental Justice, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers. The article is available for free on the Environmental Justice website until Dec. 4, 2015.

Ray López, Director, Environmental Health & Family Asthma Program, LSA Family Health Service, Inc., New York, NY, describes the goals and implementation of the program in East Harlem, a low-income, largely minority neighborhood in New York City. Children living in East Harlem are nearly 13 times more likely to have an asthma-related ED visit than are children living in the adjacent high-income neighborhood of the Upper East Side.

The article in Environmental Justice entitled 'Reducing Childhood Asthma Triggers in Public Housing: Implementation and Outcomes from an East Harlem Community Health Worker Program' , builds on past evidence on the effectiveness of household interventions. Removing asthma triggers such as mold and pests from low-income housing can help address the socioeconomic and racial disparities in childhood asthma in the U.S.

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Environmental Justice is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly online with Open Access options and in print. The Journal encompasses study and debate on a broad range of environmental inequalities at the local, national, and global level tied to social, health, and economic equity. The Journal features studies that demonstrate the adverse effects on populations that are already at risk for health and environmental hazards, as well as the complicated issues inherent in remediation, funding, relocation of facilities that pose hazardous risk to health. Complete tables of contents and a sample issue may be viewed on the Environmental Justice website.

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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science, medicine, biomedical research, and law, including Sustainability: The Journal of Record, Environmental Engineering Science, and Ecopsychology. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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