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Aug 11, 2014 4:37 PM by Monica Garcia

UA Asthma study helping kids breathe easier

TUCSON- According to local experts, the medical cost of children with asthma is double compared to those without it. But thanks to a new study, children are not only getting treated for free but also helping to improve the quality of life for others.

Incredibly one out of 10 kids in Arizona suffers from some form of Asthma. According to Lynn Gerald, Professor for the College of Public Health at the UA and her team of researchers, that's why the SAMS (Supervised Medicine in Schools) is so important.

"We found that our local schools are incredibly supportive of health and they're a great place to reach children that may not get the health care they need," Gerald said. "Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions in schools and it leads to a lot of school absentees."

More than 20 Tucson Unified School District elementary schools are participating in the SAMS study. For the complete list click here.

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