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UVA Professors Team Up to Work on Asthma Alerting Device

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A team of UVA professors are developing an asthma attack-detecting device. A team of UVA professors are developing an asthma attack-detecting device.
The device is in trial stages, but the team is confident it will be done. The device is in trial stages, but the team is confident it will be done.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The University of Virginia Engineering Department is teaming up with a UVA doctor to tackle asthma by detecting symptoms early on.

Roughly five percent of people with asthma have frequent severe attacks, resulting in a trip to the emergency room. However, the group is hoping to be able to predict the life-threatening situations before they happen.

Doctor Larry Borish of UVA Health Systems was approached by engineering researchers after they began working with innovative sensor systems. By acting like a windmill in your chest, these sensors could detect a sudden asthma attack before it happens.

“The dream situation would be that you get a text on your phone and the device says ‘Hey, something suspicious is going on in your breathing. Maybe you should look into it,’” said assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UVA Daniel Quinn.

The device uses the energy from the patient’s breathing to charge itself, so no batteries are necessary. While the device is still in the trial phase and will take several years to complete, both teams of UVA professors are confident about getting it up and running.