New Test May Catch Asthma Early

A new diagnostic tool may help millions of
Americans breathe a little easier. I’m Gabe Garza with your latest health news. A recent
study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine found that a commonly used lung
function test, called a spirometry test, may be able to detect asthma in children — even
before any symptoms of the disease appear. According to researchers, this finding could
lead to earlier diagnosis and potentially reduce the number of patients who face serious
asthma complications later in life. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and
narrows the airways. This can cause recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness
of breath and coughing. Researchers found that the part of the spirometry test that
measures airflow in the small bronchi may detect asthma earlier than the more commonly
used part of the test that measures airflow in the large bronchi. An earlier diagnosis
can cut down the length of time it takes to get asthma under control, thereby reducing
the number of patients at-risk for serious health complications.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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