10 Most Asthmatic Cities | 2012-06-12 | ED C Magazine

Why is St Louis Ranked Number 7?  Dirty Coal Emissions such as Ameren UEs ‘coal fired electric plants’ has been linked to Asthma related problems.  I would also like to point out that these same Dirty Coal Emissions have been linked to Cancer- (in case you are wondering why there is so many people that have developed Cancer in St Louis.)

WebMD, an online medical news source, recently released a list of the ten U.S. cities with the most frequent cases of asthma — a disease that affects the lungs, often causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing.
To create the list, researchers used the following criteria:
  • air pollution levels
  • pollen levels
  • number of reported asthma attacks and cases
  • whether bans on smoking in public locations are in place
  • reported use of “rescue inhalers” to treat asthma attacks
  • poverty rates (asthma rates are invariably correlated with high poverty rates)
“Early on, we found that many conventional cleaning chemicals can trigger asthma attacks among school children,” says Stephen Ashkin, President ofThe Ashkin Group, who is known as the “father of Green Cleaning” in the professional cleaning industry. “This is why so many schools were early pioneers in [adopting] Green Cleaning products and practices.”
According to WebMD, these 10 cities have the most prevalent asthma rates:

No. 10: Allentown, Pa.

No. 9: McAllen, Texas

No. 8: Oklahoma City, Okla.

No. 7: St. Louis, Mo.

No. 6: Hartford, Conn.

No. 5: Chattanooga, Tenn.

No 4: Pittsburgh, Penn.

No. 3: Knoxville, Tenn.

No 2. New Haven, Conn.

No 1: Memphis, Tenn.

The study also points out that recent statistics indicate asthma causes more than 3,300 deaths annually in the U.S. and is a factor in another 7,000.
“And it is still themost common health reason for repeated absences from schools,” adds Ashkin, “which tells me we still have a ways to go in cleaning and maintaining our schools in a healthier, more environmentally preferable manner.” 

10 Most Asthmatic Cities | 2012-06-12 | ED C Magazine

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