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Exhaled breath is unique fingerprint

breath fingerprint exhaled metabolites medical diagnosis

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:44 AM

Compounds present in exhaled breath can act as a "fingerprint" for individuals, scientists say.

These "metabolites" represent the waste products of the body's chemistry - but their uniqueness had never been shown.

A study in PLOS ONE suggests they could be as useful to medical diagnosis as those found in urine or blood.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-22013700

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:27 PM

Ok you beath in the tube and it tell you what is wrong with you. Does the machine or doctor write the script?


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:49 PM

I think a small hand-held device would be handy in an emergency situation when a patient cannot adequately verbalise his/her medical history. Maybe your breath has a chemical signature for any drugs you're taking for, say, a blood disorder or for high blood pressure, etc.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 02:19 PM

in the movie Alien Resurection they use breath as an ID to open security doors.


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:09 AM

In light of the newer EKG monitors and their ability provide an expeditious and  fairly accurate description of a heart rhythm; having a portable breath analysis tool would be a huge advantage for paramedics addressing a medical incident.


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 10:07 AM

View PostOverSword, on 05 April 2013 - 02:19 PM, said:

in the movie Alien Resurection they use breath as an ID to open security doors.

Also my first thought :D


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:20 AM

Mine will read, "vodka" every time.  I'm safe.





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