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Breath test may soon predict asthma attacks

By T.K. Randall
February 12, 2011 · Comment icon 4 comments

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Device the size of a cell phone will soon allow asthmatics to avoid attacks hours ahead of time.
Siemens has developed a hand-held device the size of a cell phone that will allow asthma sufferers to detect potentially life threatening asthma attacks that would normally land them in a hospital bed.
Dr Elaine Vickers, Research Relations Manager at Asthma UK, said: ‘We know that exhaled NO levels and inflammation in the lungs often go hand in hand, and that high levels of NO can indicate that a person’s asthma is uncontrolled. 'What researchers are not sure of yet is whether this information is sufficient to decide what medicines a person should take. ‘The creation of sensitive and accurate hand-held NO monitors such as this is a welcome step forward, however they will require careful evaluation. ’


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (4)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by EternalBlizzard 13 years ago
good because i need it im asthmatic
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 13 years ago
Sounds like a useful little device. I hope it's as accurate as the article claims though. Asthma attacks can come in fairly quickly without prior signs, such as being exposed to dust or smoke unintentionally.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Evilution13 13 years ago
With a little more devalopment there may be a niche for this device.
Comment icon #4 Posted by kulas910 13 years ago
If this is so,it will be a great thing to my grand daugther who is asthmatic


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