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† A. A New Device For Asthma Sufferers

Narrator: This is Science Today. Asthma sufferers may find itís easier to control their chronic disease with a new inhaler called the SmartMist. Asthma specialist, Dr. Homer Boushey (Boo-shea) of the University of California, San Francisco says this device only works if patients inhale correctly.

Boushey: If people donít coordinate the activation of the inhaler, slow inhalation after activation of the inhaler and then breath holding to allow the particles of medication to settle in the lungs, the drugs wonít work and many studies have shown that patients in general donít know how to use inhalers correctly.

Narrator: Patients are led through the process with the aid of flashing lights and a digital timer. Boushey says the SmartMist then stores the time and date of each inhalation.

Boushey: So when the patient brings the device back at a visit, the physician can download the information and review with the patient, whether the patient has been using it as often as the physician thought was necessary and if not, to discuss possible reasons that the patient didnít adhere to the regimen the doctor suggested.

Narrator: For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin.