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U of A project aims to use AI to help patients with respiratory issues

New wearable monitoring technology could get ahead of hospital admissions by predicting respiratory flare-ups. Giovanni Ferrara holds the ADAMM-RSM wearable monitoring device his team is testing with Alberta patients to find out whether it can help them manage their chronic respiratory conditions and possibly avoid emergency room visits. A new University of Alberta feasibility study involving 40 patients could help those dealing with long-term chronic respiratory issues by using new…

Wearable asthma device tested for its prediction of chronic pulmonary disease

By David Godkin TORONTO – What do ER doctors want most for their patients? Never to return to the ER, said Giovanni Ferrara, a professor at Edmonton’s University of Alberta Hospital's Division of Pulmonary Medicine. Ferrara is heading a feasibility project to see if a wearable device developed by Rochester, N.Y.-based Heath Care Originals Inc. can predict with scientific certainty when the condition of a patient with lung disease is worsening…

Collagen Stiffness Plays Role in Asthma

Increased stiffness causes airway smooth muscle cells to constrict without inflammation A new study finds that manipulating the stiffness of the collagen-based support structure of airway cells could lead to a new treatment for asthma. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology. It was chosen as an APSselect article for June. Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects more than 300 million people across the globe. People with…