Thursday, 27 January 2022

App diagnoses children’s sickness through their cough


BOSTON: Australian researchers devised a smartphone application to reliably pinpoint the cause of a child’s cough.

It will be used to check whether the cough is a cold or something more serious.

According to New Atlas, kids cough all the time, often from the common cold or seasonal allergies but sometimes it’s more serious like pneumonia. Kids may be misdiagnosed or treated unnecessarily with antibiotics or other medications because it’s often hard to tell what their coughing is about.

Researchers were able to train speech recognition technology to recognize different coughs. When the technology was embedded in a smartphone app and tested on the coughs of almost 600 children, it was up to 97 per cent accurate in distinguishing between illnesses like asthma, croup, pneumonia, and bronchiolitis.

However, they caution, that whenever possible, it should be used in conjunction with an experienced clinician.

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