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Even with optimal treatment, asthma and COPD patients encounter unpredictable flareups of their conditions, which can become life-threatening and need immediate medical attention. (Shutterstock)

Listening to asthma and COPD: An AI-powered wearable could monitor respiratory health

Researchers are developing an AI-powered device to detect asthma and COPD symptoms in real-time for faster treatment. The ‘patch’ listens to airway sounds, but filters out speech to protect privacy.
Cardiac rehab is an outpatient chronic disease management program covering exercise, diet, lifestyle and psychosocial elements in hour-long sessions about twice per week over several months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Cardiac rehab for heart patients saves lives and money, so why isn’t it used more?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a low-cost approach with proven benefits for heart patients, that drastically lowers future cardiac risks. So why do only 10 to 25 per cent of heart patients access it?
Physical activity, eating habits and emotional support from friends and family are stronger predictors of health than body mass index. Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

If you want to support the health and wellness of kids, stop focusing on their weight

Weight discrimination, like teasing, is common among youth and linked to eating disorders and depression. Youth’s health and well-being would be best supported by not focusing on their weight.
Toxic dust hung in the air around ground zero for more than three months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Anthony Correia/Getty Images

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

Those directly exposed to toxic dust and trauma on and after 9/11 carry with them a generation of chronic health conditions, which are placing them at higher risk during the pandemic and as they age.
Mobile health apps and gadgets could help doctors and patients treat chronic illnesses in real time. Moment via Getty

Health apps track vital health stats for millions of people, but doctors aren’t using the data – here’s how it could reduce costs and patient outcomes

Connecting health apps to health care can enable better care for patients with chronic diseases, and it has the potential to lower skyrocketing US health spending.
Unequal access to preventive resources such as healthy foods, a family doctor, health screening and health promotion programs put some groups at increased risk for chronic illness. (Shutterstock)

3 lessons the COVID-19 pandemic can teach us about preventing chronic diseases

While the pandemic has focused the world’s attention on how to prevent infectious disease, many of the lessons learned from COVID-19 prevention can also be applied to chronic disease prevention.
Fatigue, brain fog, breathing problems and many other COVID-19 symptoms can persist for months. Kyle Sparks via Getty Images

How many people get ‘long COVID’ – and who is most at risk?

‘Long COVID’ – in which people have symptoms lasting more than a few weeks – is turning out to be very common. People hospitalized for COVID-19 are at highest risk, but they aren’t alone.

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