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UA Study Looks At Asthma In Kids On Both Sides Of Border

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 - 3:29pm
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:07am
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Oh, the difference a border can make. 

No, not just when it comes to your nationality or what language you speak, but also when it comes to your chances of developing asthma, it turns out.

Researchers at University of Arizona recently looked at why children growing up on the Mexican side of the border in southern Arizona, and children growing up just a few miles away on the U.S. side  may have different chances of becoming asthmatic.

It’s been proven that children of different ethnic backgrounds have different risks of disease. And for people of Mexican descent, it looks like they have a pretty low risk of developing asthma.

I spoke with Dr. Tara F. Carr, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona. She's director of the Adult Allergy Program there. She says to find out they looked at kids living in Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Arizona, all of whom are of Mexican descent, and here’s what they found.

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