Tulane study to test whether roach control program helps asthma in La. inner-city children

Tulane study to test whether roach control program helps asthma in La. inner-city children

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Tulane University researcher will study whether killing roaches can alleviate asthma symptoms in children who live in public housing.

Associate professor Felicia Rabito (ruh-BEE-toh) says just focusing on killing roaches would cost less than full-blown pest-control.

Studies have found that inner-city children have worse and more frequent asthma attacks than other children.

Allergic reactions to roaches are known to make asthma symptoms worse.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave Rabito and North Carolina State University entomologist Coby Schal (shahl) $942,000 for the study. It will look at 100 children who have moderate to severe asthma, are allergic to cockroaches and live in infested homes.

CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr032.pdf
Article from The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: http://tinyurl.com/4ot8w6d
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine: http://www.sph.tulane.edu/
NCSU Department of Entomology: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/

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