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Asthma inhaler sensors improve pediatric asthma control

Reuters Health - 24/12/2020 - Children whose long- and short-term inhaler use was monitored with sensors that sent data to parents and clinicians had better asthma control than those whose medication use was not monitored, a new study found. An analysis of data from more than 250 asthmatic children found significant improvement in control of the disease in those using inhalers with sensors, according to the report published in Pediatrics. However, there was an increase emergency room visits in those using the sensors. "For improving asthma care it's beneficial to move towards sensor based monitoring and to have the data in clinicians hands to improve care," said Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a professor of pediatrics at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and a clinical attending at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. "My dream is for clinicians to have a usage chart, like a growth chart, that they can open up and then use the data to adju...

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