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University of Chicago Medicine launching South Side asthma center for kids

University of Chicago Medicine launching South Side asthma center for kids

About 20 percent of kids on Chicago's South Side have asthma — and those are just the children who've been diagnosed.

The actual percentage of South Side kids who have the lung disease but don't know it might be as high as 30 percent, said Brenda Battle, vice president of University of Chicago Medicine's Urban Health Initiative. That's far higher than the 10 percent who have asthma statewide, she said.

"You can't manage asthma in kids that don't know they have asthma," Battle said.

To that end, U. of C. Medicine recently announced a new initiative aimed at connecting more kids on the South Side with asthma care.

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