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Breathalyzer Could Revolutionize Testing

Categories: Current Research

Every now and then, technology and science come together in a way that could completly revolutionize an area of medicine. Recently, researchers might have stumbled upon a way to analyze breath to find blood glucose levels. This could potentially be a new, more convenient method to test for sugar as it would be non-invasive.

The proposed system would work by a highly sensitive sensor detecting the amount of acetone in the breath – acetone is a chemical that is produced when the body tries to compensate for high sugar. Referred to as “titanium oxide on  a stick,” this device could be a great alternative for the invasive and expensive blood glucose meters and test strips. The University of Pittsburgh chemists are hopeful that they can bring more convenience to diabetics and improve their quality of life.

The science behind the new breathalyzer is very powerful – scientists catch acetone on titanium dioxide placed on carbon nanotube “skewers.” They are then able to catch the resulting light, creating a sensor. The team is currently looking to create a prototype of the sensor which would then be tested in human trials.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 7-18-2013, 2:00 PM

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