UW Researchers Discover a Faster and More Efficient Way to Diagnose Asthma
Neutrophils, the most abundant kind of white blood cell in the body, can be used to quickly and accurately diagnose even the mildest cases of asthma. By using just one drop of blood, David Beebe, a UW-Madison professor of biomedical engineering, can use the speed at which neutrophils migrate to wounds of inflammation in the body to determine whether the patient has asthma. This is possible because in people with asthma, neutrophils migrate much more slowly than in people who are asthma-free. This test is much more accurate than current ways of testing, which are dependent on the patient experiencing symptoms and being willing and able to comply with breathing tests.