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Jersey City Medical Center's Next 'Dinner with the Doctor' Will Focus On Childhood Asthma


Asthma, which is the leading cause of chronic illness in children, will be the focus of Jersey City Medical Center's next "Dinner with the Doctor."

"Managing Asthma in Children…How to Avoid the Emergency Room" is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th, 6 - 7 pm, at The Chandelier Restaurant, 1081 Broadway in Bayonne. There is no cost to attend to seminar, which is for adults only.

Presenting will be Dr. Carmen Lebron, a board certified pediatrician at Jersey City Medical Center.

The Facts about Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, causing recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. It affects more than seven million children in the U.S., or nearly 10 percent of the population, and results annually in more than 14 million visits to physician offices and nearly two million emergency room visits.

Asthma can begin at any age, but the symptoms for most children begin by age five. Whether it's because children are spending more time indoors or because they are more exposed to dust, air pollution and secondhand smoke, the rate of childhood asthma keeps increasing.

According to Dr. Lebron, who trained at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark and graduated from Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, keeping children healthy and out of the hospital and emergency room comes with avoiding those triggers that cause the symptoms, using medications effectively, and closely monitoring daily asthma symptoms. She will discuss this at length during the upcoming event.

"Dinner with the Doctor," held monthly at various locations, gives local residents the chance to enjoy a light dinner and listen to leading physicians discuss their specialty and answer questions.

"Our mission is 'enhancing life' and, with our popular 'Dinner with the Doctor' series, which we have held for several years now, we help educate those who live and work in the community," said Joseph F. Scott, President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center. "We strongly encourage parents to take advantage of the chance to meet Dr. Lebron and discuss ways they can keep their asthmatic children healthy and out of the emergency room."

To register for the event, call 201-915-2080.

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