Docs try to help N.O. area asthmatics, who have higher death risk

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Posted on October 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - In Louisiana, one in 10 households with children have at least one child with asthma.

Asthmatics in the New Orleans area face a higher risk of death than asthmatics nationwide.

It is sobering statistics that's prompted health care officials to declare an asthma crisis.

But there is work being done in New Orleans to reverse those numbers.

Dr. Kyle Happel of the LSU Health Sciences Center and Joseph Ochipinti of the American Lung Association Leadership Council were in the studio with more information.

The LSU Health Sciences center is looking for volunteers to participate in asthma research studies.

You may qualify if you are 18-years-old, a non-smoker and have not smoked in the last year, and take daily medication for your asthma. For more information, call 568-3450.

The 2012 "Fight for Air Walk" is October 20 at Audubon Park. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m.For more information, call 828-5864 or visit http://www.lung.org/.

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