There is now a method available to help you discover 17 of the most dangerous diseases, simply through breathing. Basically, the focus is on a detection of manifestations of such diseases, using a device that picks up on breath.
This is called the Na-Nose device which is similar to a Breathalyzer, according to a study the ACS Nano Journal. The device has the ability to pinpoint diseases with an accuracy rate of 86%, where some of those diseases include kidney problems, multiple sclerosis, cancers, Parkinson’s and other problems.
The device has the ability to tell between different forms of diseases, by picking up on a certain essences emitted from an individual’s breath. This essences are called volatile organic compounds which have been determined could be released from an individual’s breath when a disease is present. Research shows that the 17 diseases have 13 compounds that are released, at different rates, depending on the disease, therefore detecting a determinable pattern.
As such, it is as if each disease has its own breath-print which can be picked up on by the device.
Different tests were performed with the device on individuals from a variety of countries. There were 1400 participants available in the study. The tests affirmed the accuracy rate of the device, showing successful diagnosis 9/10 times.
Hossam Haick from Technion-Israel’s Institute of Technology led the research on the device. He explained through a Technion YouTube video that the device is an imitation of a dog’s smelling abilities, which can analyze the breath of a patient. It shows patients who are healthy, and patients who are at very high risks of getting a disease.
The doctor presents one of the benefits of the device as higher survival rates of dangerous diseases. This applies to deadly diseases that require an early diagnosis, such as cancer. He claims that survival rates of the disease can be raised from 10% to 70% using the device.
The researchers of this device perceive using this device for testing is low cost and effective in the long-run. The reason would be a lack of need for high-tech scans and devices to pick up on disease diagnosis, which may be quite costly financially. Breathe tests are also easy to perform, requiring a reduced need for specialization to diagnose.
An Old Idea that is Functioning Well.
Smell tests are not an old idea at all. Through the previous decade, there have been attempts by researchers to create diagnostic tools for basic lung diseases such as tuberculosis, and cystic fibrosis. Tuberculosis is lung bacteria based, while cystic fibrosis involves an overproduction of acetic acid in the mouth by up to 4 times in afflicted patients.
The smell tests also were used in ancient medical practices, where it wasn’t uncommon to sniff stool to check for diseases.
Haick sees that for the device to gain popularity in the markets, there should be widespread use by 1000s of participants. This in Haick’s opinion, is one of the best ways to market the product.
Source: Medical Daily