Coming Soon: GPS’ing Asthma Triggers

Posted: April 13, 2009 in Medical, Medical Informatics, Technology
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David Van Sickle  of the University of Wisconsin-Madison says

“Established risk factors for asthma do not explain its global prevalence patterns and time trends.Studies of epidemic asthma have demonstrated that understanding the locations where asthma exacerbations occur can help identify important new exposures.” – David Van Sickle, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Van Sickle research involves tracking the whereabouts asthma sufferers reach out for their inhalers in hopes of identifying the environmental causes behind their attacks. This will be great for public health issues. I can’t wait to see their results and hope they succeed.

I am reminded of Google’s Flu Trends. For those of you not familiar with this project, shame on you! haha, no but here’s how Google presents it:

“Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional flu surveillance systems.” –

Welcome to the world of advanced biomedical informatics!


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