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Date posted: 30 September 2013
Olympic champion Cathy Freeman has revealed how she battled chronic asthma during her decorated athletic career. Ms Freeman was only diagnosed six years ago and is now advocating the use of technology in asthma management. She disclosed her personal battle with asthma and says her symptoms went undiagnosed for decades. 'Chest tightness, wheezing and struggling to breathe; I'd become anxious, frustrated and a little bit embarrassed even,' says Ms Freeman.
Now, a new 'wheeze-testing' device has been designed to interact with a smart-phone application to provide data on a patient's response to asthma triggers. Doctors say the new device will provide crucial information in developing asthma management plans.
More than two million Australians suffer from asthma, which is claiming close to 400 lives every year. However, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, hospitalisation and death rates associated with asthma are proportionately higher.
Source: World News Australia