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Asthma hospitalization rates decreased for American Indians, Alaska natives

September 2, 2014

American Indians and Alaska natives had a greater decrease in hospitalization rates for asthma compared with the general US population, according to recent study results.

Jason M. Mehal, MPH, of the CDC, and colleagues used Indian Health Service (IHS) data to examine the American Indian and Alaska native (AI/AN) population and the Nationwide Inpatient Sample to examine the general US population for hospital discharge records with asthma listed as first diagnosis. Average annual number of hospitalizations were determined for the period 2003 to 2011.

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