A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discusses how doctors are using patient’s breath to diagnose health problems. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Now, scientists are identifying thousands of chemical compounds that create those telltale odors. Tools called mass spectrometers can detect them in quantities as minute as parts per trillion, the equivalent of finding a single ping-pong ball in a thousand baseball fields filled with ping-pong balls.
Prof. Mel Rosenberg is the world’s leading expert on bad breath. He joins Melinda Beck and Wendy Bounds on Lunch Break with the final word on how to banish such unpleasant mouth odor for good.
A growing number of health problems can be diagnosed by analyzing a patient’s breath alone. ‘Health Journal’ columnist Melinda Beck and the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Peter Mazzone have the details on Lunch Break.
And researchers are developing tests that can diagnose and monitor not just liver and kidney disorders, but also asthma, diabetes, tuberculosis, gastrointestinal infections—even the rejection of transplanted organs—by analyzing biomarkers in exhaled breath.