John Hopkins Study: Vitamin D May Help Fight Pollution-Associated Asthma in Obese Children

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports a recent John Hopkins University School of Medicine study reveals vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children living in urban environments with high indoor air pollution.  The study was funded by NIEHS (NIH) and was published recently in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report one in 12 children in the U.S. have asthma equaling 6.1 million children nationally.  Asthma disproportionally impact urban minority children—e.g. African Americans and Latinos. Higher indoor air pollution (e.g. cigarette smoke, cooking, burning of candles and incense) is linked to greater respiratory problems including the worsening of asthma symptoms and more hospital visits. Follow the link to read more about this important public health-related study.

Lead Research/Investigator

Sonali Bose, MD