Apple is continuing its entry into healthcare by purchasing a small health technology start-up that is developing an app to help parents monitor their children's asthma symptoms while they sleep.
Tueo Health has been working on an app that is connected to respiratory sensors placed under a child's mattress, reported CNBC.
If breathing changes during the night, such as coughing or wheezing, the app alerts parents with a notification.
It is unclear how much the technology giant has paid for Tueo Health, and Apple has declined comment for various deals on the deal.
The movement comes at the heels of the latest features of the Apple Watch, such as being able to perform an electrocardiogram and the reported revision of its Health app with menstrual cycle.
Apple purchased a small health-tech startup called Tueo Health, which developed an app that was connected to respiratory sensors to track the symptoms of an asthmatic child. Pictured: Apple Store logo at the Apple Store entrance on Fifth Avenue in New York
& # 39; I love that they get involved in this space, because asthma is the most common disease that affects all ages, & # 39; said Dr. Purvi Parikh, an allergist and immunologist at the Global Allergy and Asthma Patient Platform, to DailyMail.com
& # 39; We still have 10 deaths from asthma every day. People don't understand how serious asthma is. & # 39;
Currently, 8.4 percent of American children and 7.7 of adults have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means that about one in 13 Americans has the disease.
Asthma occurs when a person's airways become inflamed and narrow and produce extra mucus, making it difficult to breathe.
The condition is treated with long-term medications or rapid relief relievers, which contain a medicine to open the airways.
Dr. Parikh says that an advantage of the app is that children with asthma can sleep from home without parents being afraid of their health.
& # 39; If a child is not at home, for example in a sleeping camp, at least parents [parents] know about it and can warn someone & # 39 ;, she said.
Her main concern is that the app may exaggerate symptoms or be overly sensitive.
& # 39; It's better than parents don't know, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I would give false alarms about days that pass and the child gets worse and the parents have no idea. & # 39;
She adds that it is important for parents to talk to a doctor before downloading and using the app for their asthmatic child.
& # 39; Many people do not realize what the symptoms of asthma are & # 39 ;, said Dr. Parikh. & # 39; They may not understand what the warnings mean, so it's important to talk to a doctor first. & # 39;
Dr. Parikh warns parents that when they hear their children cough or complain about chest pain or shortness of breath during the night, these are signs that their asthma is getting out of control.
& # 39; If asthma is under control, a child should not wake up at all & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; Let them take their quick help medication and if that doesn't work, take them to the first aid. & # 39;
In recent years, Apple has focused on improving its position in healthcare.
In 2016, Apple took over the launch of Gliimpse for health data, and in 2017, the sleep control company purchased Beddit.
In addition, the latest features of the Apple Watch include being able to perform an electrocardiogram and detect when someone wearing the watch falls.
Bloomberg reported that Apple is reviewing its Health app, which includes a section on & # 39; hearing health & # 39; will contain, menstrual cycle tracking and contraceptive pill reminders.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has also not relaxed the company's health ambitions and focus.
& # 39; I believe that if you zoom out into the future and look back and ask the question: & # 39; What was Apple's greatest contribution to humanity & # 39 ;, then it's about health, & # 39; Cook said in an interview on CNBC & # 39; s Crazy money in January 2019.
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