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African American males are among those at greatest risk for severe asthma attacks. In a new study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Nov. 8-13, researchers assessed the relationship between genetic ancestry and severe asthma. It was concluded that African ancestry was significantly associated with severe asthma attacks among African American males, but was not seen among females. These findings suggest increased asthma in this population can be contributed to a genetic factor.

Title: A Potential Relationship Between Genetic Ancestry and Asthma Exacerbations Among African American Individuals

Lead Author: Allergist Jennifer Rumpel, M.D., ACAAI member

By the Numbers: More than 25 million Americans have asthma, which results in 456,000 hospitalizations and 1.75 million emergency room visits annually. Asthma is responsible for 4,000 deaths per year. It is the most common chronic illness in childhood, accounting for 10.5 million missed school days each year. Asthma also accounts for 14.2 million lost work days for adults.

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