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Research Spotlight: Common Colds at School a Primary Driver of Asthma Hospitalizations for Children

In this recent study, researchers have uncovered a link between how the virus for the common cold can serve as a predictor for the onset of severe symptoms in children who suffer from asthma. These findings are of great public health significance for they can equally assist patients and schools in the reduction of disease transmission and in the maintenance of health. Lauren Meyers, a core faculty member of the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, along with her team developed a computer model utilizing population patterns to track the circulation of the common cold among adults and children across various Texas cities during a seven-year period. Specifically, their model took into account potential drivers that could exacerbate symptoms in asthmatic individuals and they then made comparisons with their real-world health data. Through their work they were able to identify a quantitative relationship between the school calendar, common cold transmission, and the worsening of asthma symptoms. James Scott, a core faculty member and assistant professor of the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, also served as a contributing author to this paper.

For the full article, follow the link here: http://news.utexas.edu/2016/02/08/colds-drive-asthma-hospitalizations-for-kids
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