GPS system tracks asthma hotspots

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Dr. David Van Sickle, a researcher from the University of Wisconsin, USA, is currently using global positioning system (GPS) technology to help pinpoint geographic areas where asthmatics suffer most.

The research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), attaches GPS locators to emergency inhalers to allow the mapping of the areas where asthmatics suffer most. This should allow doctors to determine the main triggers of asthma attacks in that area.

This may help to accurately pinpoint asthmatic hot spots and will eventually allow researchers to create an “asthmap,” which could allow them to “see” exactly what is making asthma symptoms worse.

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