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Cleveland Ranked 4th Worst U.S. City for Asthma Patients

"All these [rates] follow the same pattern, which is in neighborhoods that have been redlined and systematically underinvested in. It's all related to and stems from structural racism"

By Mark Oprea

Just in time for Asthma Peak Week—the time of the year most likely to induce wheezing, this falling in the third week of September—Cleveland was rated the fourth worst U.S. city for the bronchial illness, according to a report this month by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Though the researchers didn't delve into contributors like poverty levels, public smoking laws and (lack of) insurance rates, the AAFA culled together asthma-related emergency room visits, causes of death and an overall asthma prevalence using 2022 health record data...

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