Gamified breathing device helps young cystic fibrosis sufferers

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Of the 30,000 people in the US who suffer from cystic fibrosis, nearly half are children. Although the disease is incurable, regular breathing exercises through a nebulizer — which distributes a misted medicine through the patients airway — can increase life expectancy dramatically. Unfortunately, getting a young sufferer to stay still for 30 minutes every day, breathing slowing and deeply, is not an easy task. However, a new gamifying device called the Jordi-Stick — developed by Dieter Kirsch, whose toddler suffers from the disease — could help other parents ensure their children partake in the vital exercises. The Jordi-Stick connects…

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