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One-fourth of Bronx schoolchildren diagnosed with asthma

October 31, 2014

A survey of schoolchildren in Bronx, N.Y., showed that 25% had asthma, and only 27% of those students had the city-mandated medical administration form on file at school, according to study data.

In 2012, researchers submitted 1,270 self-administered questionnaires for parents of children in grades 2 through 4 at four Bronx elementary schools with questions pertaining to asthma, medication and symptoms. Responses to the six-item surveys were returned by 61% of participants, who indicated that 25% of the children had physician-diagnosed asthma. Eighty percent of the children were prescribed asthma medication.

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