Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

HOSPITAL'S 10.SECOND ASTHMA TEST COULD SAVE LIVES ; Breakthrough Pioneered in Manchester

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

HOSPITAL'S 10.SECOND ASTHMA TEST COULD SAVE LIVES ; Breakthrough Pioneered in Manchester

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ANEW test pioneered by medics in Manchester has been recommended for NHS use in a bid to prevent potentially-fatal asthma attacks. The 10-second breath test, which can help diagnose and treat asthma in children and adults, has been recommended for use by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

It was piloted at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and the hospital's young patients are already benefitting from the test, which is carried out with a handheld device.

Patients blow into a machine, which shows levels of exhaled nitric oxide. People with asthma have a higher concentration of nitric oxide in the body so doctors can check their reading on the device to make a diagnosis.

Doctors say the test is also helping them to find the best medication for their patients earlier, potentially avoiding costly and disruptive hospital admissions because of asthma attacks.

Dr Jay Panickar, a paediatric consultant at the hospital, said: "This an extremely useful tool. …

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