Ricky Y. Choi
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Emmanuel Ngabire liked Ricky Y. Choi's page Overview
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Autism and Pollution?

Identifying a cause for autism continues to be a challenge.  However a recent study seems to suggest that one other place to look is air pollution exposure in pregnant women and young childhood."Children who fell into higher exposure groups of styrene and chromium were at a 1.4- to two-fold greater risk of ASD, after accounting for the age of the mother, maternal cigarette smoking, race and education."…See More
Oct 26, 2014
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Air Pollution and A Child's Brain

Yes, pollution is bad for health.  It's bad for the lungs, it could cause cancer and may be associated with cardiovascular disease.  How about a child's brain?  This study, conducted by researchers from the University of Montana compared serum and spinal fluid from children living in Mexico City to those living in a low-pollution city.  They found that kids living in Mexico city had higher levels of autoantibodies that could contribute to neuroinflammation and ultimately to disease such as…See More
Sep 18, 2014
Laura Gottlieb liked Ricky Y. Choi's blog post Study: Linking Poverty and Child Obesity
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Study: Linking Poverty and Child Obesity

In a study of approximately 1000 low birth weight infants, by the age of two to six years old, children who lived in poorer neighborhoods had much higher BMIs than their counterparts in wealthier neighborhoods. “The study identifies for the first time the effects of neighborhood-level poverty, family poverty and ethnicity on children’s weight, shedding new light on the origins of adult health disparities, the authors say.”This study adds to the mounting evidence that links social factors and…See More
Jul 11, 2014
Linda Sharp liked Ricky Y. Choi's blog post Some Kids Are Doing Better Than Others
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Some Kids Are Doing Better Than Others

Some kids are doing better than others. "In almost every region of the United States, African-American, Latino and Native American children face far greater barriers to their future success than their white and Asian counterparts, according to the study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which aims to improve the life of all children."While the findings are important, I feel that the challenges faced by the Asian Pacific Islander American communities are being overlooked because the data are…See More
Apr 2, 2014
Mary Edmondson liked Ricky Y. Choi's blog post New Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners
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New Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners

Check out this guide on Health Equity released by our friends at the Prevention institute and the CDC."A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity is a resource for public health practitioners working to advance health equity through community health interventions. While health disparities can be addressed at multiple levels, this guide focuses on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play."…See More
Dec 3, 2013
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Government Shutdown Is Bad News For Women, Infants and Children Program

As frustrating as it is to see our leaders in a political stalemate, the government shutdown has potential health consequences.  Some populations, such as low income children, just can't wait.  Here is an Huffington Post blog from a few days back that outlines the implications of the government shutdown on children and pregnant women. …See More
Oct 13, 2013
Laura Gottlieb liked Ricky Y. Choi's blog post Poverty is brain drain
Sep 7, 2013

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Inadequate or Unhealthy Housing, Homelessness, Food Insecurity/Hunger, Transportation Barriers, Un(der)employment, Limited English Proficiency, Low Health Literacy, Lack of Insurance/Access to Health Services, Global Health, Limited Education, Barriers to Political and Civic Participation/ Human Rights

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Autism and Pollution?

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 6:35pm 0 Comments

Identifying a cause for autism continues to be a challenge.  However a recent study seems to suggest that one other place to look is air pollution exposure in pregnant women and young childhood.

"Children who fell into higher exposure groups of styrene and chromium were at a 1.4- to two-fold greater risk of ASD, after accounting for the age of the mother, maternal cigarette smoking, race and education."…

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Air Pollution and A Child's Brain

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 11:37pm 0 Comments

Yes, pollution is bad for health.  It's bad for the lungs, it could cause cancer and may be associated with cardiovascular disease.  How about a child's brain?  

This study, conducted by researchers from the University of Montana compared serum and spinal fluid from children living in Mexico City to those living in a low-pollution city.  They found that kids living in Mexico city had higher levels of autoantibodies that could contribute to…

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Study: Linking Poverty and Child Obesity

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:47pm 0 Comments

In a study of approximately 1000 low birth weight infants, by the age of two to six years old, children who lived in poorer neighborhoods had much higher BMIs than their counterparts in wealthier neighborhoods. “The study identifies for the first time the effects of neighborhood-level poverty, family poverty and ethnicity on children’s weight, shedding new light on the origins of adult health disparities, the authors say.”…

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Some Kids Are Doing Better Than Others

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Some kids are doing better than others.

"In almost every region of the United States, African-American, Latino and Native American children face far greater barriers to their future success than their white and Asian counterparts, according to the study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which aims to improve the life of all children."

While the findings are important, I feel that the challenges faced by the Asian Pacific Islander American communities are being overlooked because…

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