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odour detection



Hi,

> be expected to vary depending on his recent diet, or perhaps whether he
> has been ill recently.  I have heard occasional references to the idea
> of diagnosing people of various illnesses based on the presence of
> minute amounts of chemicals in breath (a neat idea, BTW).  

There is some serious research about this:

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i-Rx-Nsf3E

- http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v103/n4/full/6605810a.html

-
http://pubget.com/paper/18594325/analysis-of-volatile-organic-compounds-in-the-exhaled-breath-for-the-diagnosis-of-lung-cancer

- http://www.jthoracdis.com/article/view/1560/html

A little older research:
-
http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/02/28/breath-odor-can-be-key-to-detecting-cancer/

- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3682722.stm

-
http://gut.bmj.com/content/early/2011/01/17/gut.2010.218305.short?q=w_gut_ahead_tab

P. S: If anyone has any recent information about this (especially
clinical tests), please let me know. It is an area which is of a great
interest to me.

Regards,

Matej