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Asthma is a common condition, but it doesn't make it any less serious or frightening for those who live with it every day.

"Every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack and on average three people a day die from it. Although the prevalence of asthma is thought to have plateaued in the past 20 years, the UK still has some of the highest rates in Europe," researchers at the University of Nottingham report.

MyAsthma (iOS), a new smartphone app developed by lung experts at the Nottingham Respiratory Research Center and the GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company, could help monitor and manage the condition.

It can also be used by people who care for someone with asthma. The app supports up to five users.

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With MyAsthma, the user can track potential asthma triggers like pollen, temperature, and pollution. The number of attacks, symptoms, dates, triggers, medication, and inhaler usage can be recorded.

The record can track peak flows or spirometry readings and all the data is shareable with the user's doctor. You can also link the app to Apple Health, fitness trackers, and other health apps.

"This app has the potential to be a significant step forward in asthma self-management. It will help people take control of their own asthma by improving their understanding of what triggers poor asthma control. Good self-management in asthma has many benefits and is associated with improved outcomes, including fewer attacks, unplanned primary care visits and hospital admissions," Dr. Dominick Shaw, lead researcher on the app said.

MyAsthma is available for download in the Apple App Store and the company is planning a future Android release.

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Takeaways

  1. The MyAsthma app can help users better monitor and manage their asthma.
  2. The app tracks environmental factors, medication, inhaler use, number of attacks, and more making it easier to share with a doctor.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.