Episode 7

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Bang Goes the Theory, Series 7 Episode 7 of 8

Duration: 30 minutes

In this episode, the team explore the new era of personal medicine. With people taking ever bigger roles in their own health care, for the first time you can be in the driving seat when it comes to medicine.

Maggie Philbin explores the rise of online diagnosis tools, putting them to the test against a real doctor, and also reports on the revolution in personally tailored medicine that is giving new life to young asthma sufferers; Jem Stansfield tests out the very latest in self-monitoring gadgets as he investigates the world of self-tracking; while Liz Bonnin finds out how a rare genetic condition that causes blindness can be corrected by a new technique that actually alters your genes.

  • BBC News: Spit test 'improves' asthma care

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    A simple spit test could identify thousands of children with severe asthma who are taking medication which will never help them, scientists say.

    One in seven people will not respond to salmeterol, found in purple or green inhalers, which is given to tens of thousands of children in the UK.

    A study of 62 children showed those patients could be identified and given effective treatment.

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Credits

Presenter
Liz Bonnin
Presenter
Jem Stansfield
Presenter
Maggie Philbin
Series Producer
Paul King
Executive Producer
Tina Fletcher-Hill

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