Breath analysis can detect cancer, asthma

February 18th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by admin  


Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) A laser-based breath-analyser is not just a high-tech way to detect alcohol on your breath - it can help identify debilitating diseases like asthma or cancer, says a new study. The study, by researchers at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder is the latest in a line that more fully exploits the potential of optics in detection of diseases.

Findings of the study have been published in the latest issue of the journal Optics Express.

The study found a laser analysis of the breath could pinpoint the rarest of molecules that may be markers of specific diseases, said Jun Ye, who headed the research team.

Ye’s colleagues and 2005 Nobel laureates in physics John L. Hall and Theodor W.H

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