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Racial/Ethnic Differences Examined in Persistent AD

J Invest Dermatol; ePub 2018 Nov 8; Kim, et al

Compared to non-Hispanic whites, atopic dermatitis (AD) incidence and persistence is higher among certain non-white racial/ethnic subgroups, a recent study found. Using data from Project Viva, a prospective pre-birth cohort in eastern Massachusetts, researchers studied 1,437 mother-child pairs with known AD status to examine the associations of race/ethnicity with maternally-reported child AD. They used multivariable logistic regression, adjusting for socio-demographic factors and maternal plasma vitamin D, to estimate adjusted odds ratios (aOR) of AD incidence at early childhood and persistence at mid-childhood. They found:

  • Compared to non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks (aOR 2.71) and other non-Hispanics (aOR 1.80) were more likely to have incident AD.
  • Non-Hispanic blacks (aOR 6.26) and Hispanics (aOR 6.42) with early childhood AD were more likely to have persistent AD.


Kim Y, Blomberg M, Rifas-Shiman SL, et al. Racial/ethnic differences in incidence and persistence of childhood atopic dermatitis. [Published online ahead of print November 8, 2018]. J Invest Dermatol. doi:10.1016/j.jid.2018.10.029.