In Brief

The device can be used to monitor disease progression and support activities like diet and exercise.

Japanese corporation Toshiba has developed a prototype breath analyzer designed for medical applications such as diagnosing and monitoring diseases.

The medical breathalyzer can detect various trace gases in a person’s breath and provide an indication of that person’s health. For example, the presence of acetone can be an indicator of diabetes and methane can be an indicator of intestinal health.

Toshiba envisions the device as a tool that can not only be used in diagnostics, but also as support for activities like diet and exercise.

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