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Asthma chart to 'improve treatment'

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A new computer based chart is to help nurses and other clinical staff decide if a child is at risk of developing asthma.

The method, which was created by British experts at University College London and draws on data from more than 10,000 children across 11 countries, tries to overcome the difficulties associated with recognising the condition at an early age.

The tool will be used in combination with existing methods of diagnosis such as measuring lung capacity, with clinical staff hoping that earlier intervention will lead to better treatment and management.

Dr Sanja Stanojevic, a lead scientist on the project, said: ‘We hope that this diagnostic “gold standard” will soon be incorporated into commonly-used lung function equipment so that researchers and doctors worldwide can use them to improve diagnosis and treatment of pre-school children. We believe this tool will help to ensure children enjoy a better quality of life with fewer and less traumatic attacks.’

The chart, which was funded by the charity Asthma UK, will be primarily used for youngsters between the ages of three and seven who have allergies or a family history of the condition.

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  • would be nice to be able to view this chart to make a comment.....

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