Wow. Scientist come up with some really amazing ideas. The latest one I read about was testing the urine (pee) of kids with asthma.
An Anglo-Saxon team found that by testing urine, they could find inflammation in the bodies of kids with asthma. Inflammation (swelling) is what causes problems with asthma. If your asthma isn't treated properly, you can have swelling in your lungs that you can't see or feel.
They also found one particular sign that could predict an asthma attack.
The researchers (from Jagiellion University Medical School in Krakow and Queen Mary University in London) tested the urine of kids with asthma on days they didn't have symptoms. They also tested it on days they were having asthma symptoms. They also compared that with the urine of kids who DON'T have asthma.
"Dr. Rossa Brugha, co-author of the report and clinical research fellow at Queen Mary University of London hospital, says in a statement: "The key factor in treating children with asthma is to tailor their medicine accurately, ensuring the right amount of anti-inflammatory medication is being prescribed."
This helps parents and doctors make sure kids are on the right dose of asthma medicine. Since there isn't a one-size-fits-all when it comes to asthma, this helps doctors know if the kids are getting the right amount of medicine. This will help them better control their asthma. Which is important if you want to make sure your kids aren't missing school/soccer games/piano concerts, etc because their asthma is causing problems.
This should help kids live the best life possible with asthma.
Cool stuff! Who knew they could tell so much be testing kid's pee?!