. 3 asthma triggers more school absences and hospitalizations than any other chronic condition in this country, affecting more than seven-million children. quick release medications can quick release medications can help kids control symptoms, if they remember to take them. as melanie lawson explains, that's where a new app could help. 3 5 - 10 57 - 102 MIKAH ALLEN LOVES PLAYING BASKETBALL, BUT "When you try to keep up with the other kids, play with them, play how they play, it gets hard because they don't have what I got." MIKAH 'S CHRONIC UNCONTROLLED ASTHMA NEEDS DAILY MEDS. IF HE FORGETS, EXERCISE CAN TRIGGER AN ATTACK. "It's like somebody just coming up to you and just choking you." EVERY YEAR ASTHMA ACCOUNTS FOR 13-MILLION MISSED SCHOOL DAYS AND ONE QUARTER OF ALL EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS.IT'S SOMETHING DOCTOR GISELLE MOSNAIM KNOWS TOO WELL. "If they would take their medications, these could be avoidable." NOW, RESEARCHERS ARE GIVING HIGH RISK TEENS SOMETHING THEY'LL NEVER FORGET, A SMART PHONE LOADED WITH A SPECIAL APP THAT TURNS TAKING YOUR MEDICINE INTO A GAME. EACH TIME A KID USES THEIR DAILY CONTROLLER MEDICATION INHALER, THEY CAN PLAY. "So, because I took a dose, now I have the opportunity to shoot" AND EARN REWARDS ON GOOGLE PLAY. "So, they get 50 cents that they can spend on music, apps, TV shows, and movies." TEENS CAN EARN UP TO A DOLLAR A DAY FOR GOOGLE PLAY REWARDS. MEANWHILE, RESEARCHERS ARE TRACKING WHEN AND WHERE KIDS TAKE THEIR MEDS. "And we can also intervene at that moment. If we see they're missing doses of medicine, we send them a message." NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT'S HELPING MIKAH AND HIS MOM BREATHE EASIER. "It's something else other than me yelling, or saying, 'hey Mike, hey Mike, hey Mike, did you take your pump?'" MELANIE LAWSON CHANNEL 4 THE LOCAL STATION. 3 the study is funded by the national institutes of health and is still in clinical trials. according to the doctor there are lots of asthma apps out there, but very few of them have this kind of clinical trial data behind them. researchers believe once kids start feeling better after following their daily controller medication regimen with the new app, they'll be more likely to continue using their inhalers and stay out of the emergency room and hospital.