ATS: Violence Contributes to Asthma in Kids
Recently a study was published by Rosalind J. Wright M.D. and associates from Harvard School of Public Health. The study concluded that children exposed to violence, whether in the community or at home, have a higher risk for decrease pulmonary function. The study focused on 330 children from the Boston area who had been under observation from the time of gestation. The study used several controls, limiting subjects “socioeconomic status and pre- and postnatal tobacco exposure.”
“Outcome measures include forced expiratory volume at one second (FEV1) and forced vital capacity.
The 330 children were evenly divided by gender and 55% were Hispanic, 40% whose mothers had not gone to high school, and
21% who were exposed to tobacco smoke in utero.
They found that the FEV1 was 1.28 + 0.21 L. The mean forced vital capacity was 1.39 + 0.23 L. They found that increased
verbal aggression was associated with a significant decrease in FEV1 of 0.03 L (P”