Report: Poor children in NY twice as likely to have asthma - New York News

Report: Poor children in NY twice as likely to have asthma

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Harlem has some of the highest asthma rates in the city. A new report released Friday is giving us a closer look at the chronic lung disease and who is struggling with it.

Asthma is not only deadly but it's costing billions of dollars to treat.

"The state's overall annual asthma bill topped $1.3 billion for medical costs and lost productivity," said state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. He added that $600 million of that was spent on hospitalization costs.

The report states roughly 1.7 million people in the state suffer from asthma. The Bronx and Harlem have some of highest rates among Medicaid recipients.

The report findings were announced at the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence. Debbie Turner comes here with her 12-year-old son, Deante, who has the lung disease.

"They manage Deante's asthma, see how many times we go to the emergency room," she said. "Make sure we have the visit every 6 months to the doctor."

The Department of Health is trying to expand its home-based education program to reduce kids from exposure.

"Indoor air is very important less and nice second hand smoke is a big contributor mold can be a real trigger," said Roger Hayes, an assistant commissioner of the Health Department.

The report states children living in poverty are twice as likely to suffer from asthma.

Many of them live near bus depots and transfer stations and there's a push to get them out.

"Part of what we have to do is get these facilities out of concentrated ZIP codes so these people can leads healthy life," said New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer,

DiNapoli pointed out asthma-related deaths dropped 24 percent from 2002 to 2011 statewide and 17 percent in New York City.

Now there is a push for more school awareness programs.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tyga calls for Empire State Building to go gold

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:37:52 GMT
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
    The push to go gold for pediatric cancer has spread to the hip hop world. Popular rapper Tyga is joining those calling for the Empire State Building to light up for a good cause.
  • Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Christie talks casinos, Springsteen at town hall

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:49:34 GMT
    Gov. Chris Christie of New JerseyGov. Chris Christie of New Jersey
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
    Gov. Chris Christie talked Atlantic City casinos and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town hall series on Tuesday. Many previous events have featured protests by retirees and labor groups as well as Atlantic City casino workers urging Christie to do more to save their jobs following a series of announced closures.
  • Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:35:03 GMT
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices