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November 22/29, 2000

Screen for Asthma at School

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JAMA. 2000;284(20):2585. doi:10.1001/jama.284.20.2585-JQU00009-4-1

Improved asthma screening in US schools could help thousands of high-risk children recognize that they have the disease and obtain effective treatment.

In a study presented last month at the American College of Chest Physicians' scientific assembly in San Francisco, researchers said schools have vastly underestimated the prevalence of asthma among their students. In the study, investigators from Jefferson Medical College, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania–Hahnemann University School of Public Health screened 3300 students in 12 Philadelphia inner-city middle schools that serve poor, minority communities with a high prevalence of asthma.

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