Current Research Directions and Vision
Since the beginning, the focus of Breath Research has been in exploring new possibilities through acoustic/audio analysis of breathing patterns with the goal of improving everyday health and fitness in an easy and accessible way.
Currently, we are working with Mayo Clinic to develop predictive analytics for early detection, tracking and prevention of lung disease.
SPIROMETRY AND LUNG SOUNDS
We are currently exploring the acoustic detection and classification of air flow dynamics and lung auditory artifacts to profile the acoustic breath signatures of lung disease, such as asthma and COPD at the early, mid and late stages.
CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)
As populations grow and the air becomes more polluted, COPD continues to become more prevalent worldwide.
We're in the initial phase of our research and we have found a few promising acoustic markers that show the early, mid and late stage of COPD.
Information courtesy of the COPD Foundation webpage:
COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. The disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.
COPD affects an estimated 30 million individuals in the U.S., and over half of them have symptoms of COPD and do not know it. Early screening can identify COPD before major loss of lung function occurs.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COPD?
- Increased breathlessness
- Frequent coughing (with and without sputum)
- Tightness in the chest
IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS (IPF)
Information courtesy of the Mayo Clinic:
Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly. As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, you become progressively more short of breath.
The scarring associated with pulmonary fibrosis can be caused by a multitude of factors. But in most cases, doctors can't pinpoint what's causing the problem. When a cause can't be found, the condition is termed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF IPF?
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- A dry cough
- ained weight loss
- Aching muscles and joints
- Widening and rounding of the tips of the fingers or toes (clubbing)
In parallel with our research we are working in collaboration with major companies of the field towards designing and implementing a customized quality headset to be used with our products that will enable us to have quality data and sensors to enhance the accuracy of our results. More news coming soon...