asthma http://michiganradio.org en Getting treatment for asthma is difficult for children living in poverty http://michiganradio.org/post/getting-treatment-asthma-difficult-children-living-poverty <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">At the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, 11-year-old Brianna&nbsp;</span>Allgood<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;is being tested by a machine called a&nbsp;</span>spirometer<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">. It measures her breathing.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Brianna has asthma. Sometimes she has difficulty breathing. Most of us would have a hard time imagining what that’s like.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">“It feels like your chest starts tightening and you’re like and you can’t really breathe much air,” Brianna said.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Vickie Elliot is Brianna’s grandmother. She says she finds herself checking in on Brianna – a lot – just to make sure she’s breathing okay.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">“Having a child like that in the home is scary because anything could happen,” Elliot said.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Brianna is luckier than some kids with asthma. Her family can get her to the clinic. They now know how to treat the asthma.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Elliott says it’s made a difference.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:41:53 +0000 Lester Graham 17350 at http://michiganradio.org Getting treatment for asthma is difficult for children living in poverty Lester Graham's upcoming documentary, "Growing up in Poverty and Pollution" http://michiganradio.org/post/lester-grahams-upcoming-documentary-growing-poverty-and-pollution <p></p><p>Children growing up in poverty face huge challenges. One challenge that might not come to the top of the mind, though, is pollution.</p><p>As part of Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, reporter Lester Graham spent the past three months exploring the problem.</p><p>His documentary, "Growing up in Poverty and Pollution," will air tomorrow at 3 p.m. on Michigan Radio.</p><p>Lester joined us today to talk about his project.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:37:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 17336 at http://michiganradio.org Lester Graham's upcoming documentary, "Growing up in Poverty and Pollution" Report finds Michigan is in the top ten for smoke from wildfires http://michiganradio.org/post/report-finds-michigan-top-ten-smoke-wildfires <p>Michigan may not have a big problem with wild fires, but <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/files/wildfire-smoke-IB.pdf">a new report</a> claims Michigan does have a major problem with wildfire smoke.</p><p>The Natural Resources Defense Council is out with a report ranking Michigan seventh on a list of states with the most days with wildfire smoke in the air.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:22:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 14995 at http://michiganradio.org Report finds Michigan is in the top ten for smoke from wildfires