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Aversive Childhood Experience Associated with Pediatric Asthma

In a recent study published by the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, potential psychosocial factors were examined as a risk factor for childhood asthma. According to the article “Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions, currently affecting 7 million, or 9.5 percent, of children in the U.S”. The World Health Organization estimates that 240 million people worldwide suffer from asthma and that asthma is the most common noncommunicable disease among children. While the biological and environmental risks have been heavily researched, psychosocial risk factors are only recently being investigated. The study by the Hasbro Children’s Hospital team found children who were exposed to an adverse childhood experience were 28% more prone to asthma. Additionally, the rate of occurrence of asthma increased in children with additional adverse childhood experience exposure.