Alfin G. Vicencio, MD Attending in Pediatric Pulmonary Steven and Alexandra Cohen Childrens Med Center, explains the possible reason for high risk populations with Asthma.
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Environmental Reasons for High Asthma Rates Male: It seems certain neighborhoods have more asthma than other neighborhoods. Is there any reason why some group has higher risk that we know for sure? Alfin G. Vivencio: Yeah, asthma is a really complex disease that genetic factors and environmental factors have a very, very -- Male: They play a role in determining if you’ve got to have a problem actually. Alfin G. Vivencio: Yeah, the genetics and the environmental factors have a lot of that cross often and the previously I worked in the Bronx which is one of the neighborhoods in the country that has one of the highest rates of not only asthma but severe asthma. And being here at Long Island for the past several months I’ve noticed huge differences in the asthmatic populations. One small difference is the level of a certain protein in our blood called IgE which is has a lot to contribute to fully control the asthma. In the Bronx in my clinic, probably the average IgE levels were well above 700 or 800 when normal it should really be 50. And of those I would have to estimate probably 115% of them were above 1000, and that suggests a very, very strong environmental component that is contributing to the severity of the disease in that barrel.