Asthma is a chronic disease with symptoms that can change from day to day. The reason why airLab begin was because 1 out of 3 children in Humboldt Park may have asthma. Since Rosa parks is in the west Humboldt parks, chances are someone living there has asthma. To further our research we had a guest speaker name Dr. Giselle Mosnaim. Dr. Giselle gave us a lot of information about how smoke can still affect a person with asthma because the cigarette smoke spread throughout the house. She also gave us a couple of facts about how asthma is the third-ranking cause for hospitalization among the children under the age of 15 in the leading cause of missed school days. In 2008 23.3 million American suffered from asthma including 7.0 million children. A couple of trigger Dr. Giselle talks about was having animals, Dust, Changes in weather, Chemical in the air or even mold. We were very interest in hearing that Dr. Giselle told us that 80% of asthma presents itself before the age of 5.

Generally people have asthma due to genetic reasons, but the career paths that someone pursues can cause them to have asthma later in their life. Another interesting fact she pointed out was that something as simple as laughing and crying can trigger an asthma attack. Did you know that 200,000 U.S children with asthma have their conditions worsened by exposure to secondhand smoke? Well, this saddens me because even though this is a proven fact, many disregard it and continues to put their loved one in dangerous. Stress can affect the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, immune, and central nervous systems which causes your asthma to get worse.  I was doing some research in I found out that African-Americans were three to four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized for asthma, and were four to six times more likely to die from asthma. African American women had the highest age-adjusted mortality rate due to asthma of any gender and racial/ethnic group with 2.9 per 100,000.  Following on A survey of children 6 to 12 years of age from Chicago elementary schools found that African Americans were more than twice (21.2%) as likely to have been diagnosed with asthma compared to Caucasians (9.7%). Asthma is not contagious. Asthma can be controlled with proper management. Symptoms can be reduced from severe to moderate, and from moderate to mild. Some asthma medications need to be taken regularly to control asthma (long-term control medications). These medications reduce inflammation of the airway and are taken every day even when you have no symptoms.