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Thousands of parents could be spared countless trips to the doctors thanks to a smartphone app that can diagnose children with asthma.
The app works by listening to youngsters coughing into the device's microphone and analysing the sounds associated with five conditions.
Trial - Asthma - Bronchiolitis - Pneumonia - Croup
A trial found it could distinguish between asthma, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, croup and lower respiratory tract disease with up to 97 per cent accuracy.
Researchers found it outperformed senior doctors at diagnosing all five of the conditions.
Respiratory - Disorders - Children - Doctors
It can be difficult to differentiate between respiratory disorders in children, even for experienced doctors.
Scientists hope, by removing the need for a physical examination, the app will allow treatments to begin sooner.
Researchers - Curtin - University - University - Queensland
Researchers at Curtin University and The University of Queensland, Australia, programmed the app to recognise the soundwaves in coughs, similar to speech recognition technology.
They then used the app to categorise the coughs of 585 children between ages 29 days to 12 years, who were being cared for at two hospitals in Western Australia.
Recordings - Hospital - Environments - Background - Noises
Recordings were done in realistic hospital environments with background noises including talking, crying and medical devices.
The accuracy of the app was determined by comparing its results with the diagnosis of a panel of doctors.
Doctors - Patients
The doctors were allowed to examine the patients...
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