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Not breathing easy

Schenectady County is state’s asthma hot spot

Aging structures, poverty rate cited as factors

Adrienne Powell of Schenectady uses a nebulizer during a recent interview at her home.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Adrienne Powell of Schenectady uses a nebulizer during a recent interview at her home.
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Adrienne Powell learned she had asthma in 2006. She had been applying for social services in New York City and the results of a physical showed she had the chronic lung disease and a heart condition. She had never really noticed the asthma — she had been dealing with a number of health issues for years — until she moved to Schenectady later that year. She’d go in for a deep breath and come up ...

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