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India has an estimated 15-20 million asthmatics with up to 15% of 5-11 year olds suffering the disease
Research undertaken at the University of Surrey, UK, has led to the development of the world's first 'sneezeometer', an airflow sensor or 'spirometer' that is sensitive enough to measure the speed of a sneeze.
For use in helping to diagnose a variety of respiratory conditions, the sneezeometer is twice as fast, and more sensitive than any other available device.
Spirometers measure lung capacity and are used widely to diagnose a variety of chronic and acute respiratory conditions including asthma, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Hypopnoea.
However, current devices are expensive, cumbersome and lack the sensitivity required in difficult diagnostic situations, such as neonatal care.
An ultra-sensitive spirometer, Surrey's sneezeometer measures the flow rate of air through a patient's lungs.