Denver schools focus on treating asthma

Sept. 6, 2007
About 5,000 students in the district have the disease, officials estimate.

Denver Public Schools is putting out a dragnet for asthma--a lung disease that steals the breath of about 10 percent of children nationwide and up to nearly 19 percent in a few Denver schools. With $1.2 million in state funding, nurses and counselors are screening students for the disease's earliest signs. They're mailing surveys to parents and staffing back-to-school-night tables in search of children who cough at night or struggle to recover after a cold, and those who end up in emergency rooms, fighting for air. About 5,000 children in the district have asthma, the team estimates.

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