Struggling With Asthma? There's An App For That

Some illnesses are hard to ignore, with constant symptoms that become instant reminders when a medication dose is missed. Others, like asthma, can seem to disappear for a while, until they strike suddenly and severely, with potentially life-threatening results. Medications can control symptoms, but when feeling well, anyone can forget to take doses, and that's when patients get into trouble. More than 6 million Americans have asthma, and every year hospital emergency rooms see 2 million visits for the condition - half from kids. That works out to about one potentially devastating incident every 15 to 20 seconds, often triggered when someone with asthma comes into sudden contact with one of several different triggers -- like pollen or smoke -- when they least expect it. There's an app for that At Nationwide Children's Hospital, we have seen this happen far too often, but the problem is not so easily fixed. My colleague Dr. Nabeel Farooqui came up with the idea for an app, one that could remind patients to take their meds and guide them when problems strike. It turns out he was not alone - there are a lot of apps for asthma sufferers, but not all can be trusted to help. Our team decided to not only create an asthma app, but to run clinical studies to make sure it actually does what we want: change behavior and ultimately, reduce asthma attacks. Before developing a product people will actually use, it makes sense to understand the problems those users will face....
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Source: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Rev Mal Respir Source Type: research
This study demonstrated the effectiveness and feasibility of a multicomponent, multi-trigger intervention offered through a public health department to African American children with asthma.Preventing Chronic Disease
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news
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Source: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Altern Ther Health Med Source Type: research
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Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
ConclusionIn asthma management, All the inhalation drugs in combination show better control and superior patients response in the management of asthma with more impact on economic aspects of the patients.
Source: Materials Today: Proceedings - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
Authors: Pantin CT, Southworth T, Wetzel K, Singh D Abstract Background: Allergic rhinitis is characterized by nasal inflammation in response to allergen exposure. Nasal allergen challenges are used in clinical trials evaluating drug effects. Reproducibility of nasal secretion cytokine responses and physiological measurements are needed to determine the optimum measurements and power calculations for future studies. We have investigated the reproducibility of nasal cytokine measurements, using ready-to-use polyvinyl acetate sponges to collect nasal secretions, and measurements of nasal physiological responses. ...
Source: Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Clin Pharmacol Source Type: research
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Source: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Expert Rev Respir Med Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism - Category: Nutrition Tags: J Nutr Metab Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
Children who are exposed to tobacco smoke from their fathers while they're in the womb may be more likely than those who are not to develop asthma by age 6, according to a study of chemical changes to DNA.Reuters Health Information
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