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Black Californians are more than twice as likely as whites to seek medical care from excess air pollution, according to new research. The study, published in Social Science and Medicine also showed that while Hispanic residents were exposed to the highest levels of air pollution, they seek air pollution-related hospital care only as often as whites.  The most stark racial disparity for air pollution-based illness comes from asthma, where blacks experience nearly six times the rate of asthma-related emergency room visits.
Leonard D. Schaeffer a researcher at the Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California says, “many factors contribute to these disparities, and our work suggests that they might be good targets for environmental justice efforts.”

Read the abstract here.

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