Portable device could help prevent asthma attacks

CBS North Carolina

By Maggie Newland


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – For people who suffer from asthma, attacks can be scary and dangerous, but local researchers are working on a device that could predict and ultimately prevent asthma attacks.

Every week Darrien Reeves gets numerous shots to control his severe asthma.

That’s on top of his daily medications and inhaler for emergencies.

“He really has to be aware of his symptoms to prevent an attack,” explained his mother, Charlotte Reeves.

At UNC Hospital Children’s Clinic in Raleigh, Darrien Reeves’ doctors are testing a device that may make it easier to prevent asthma attacks. It’s a portable spirometer that measures lung function.

“This is in the beginning stages ...

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