There Might Be an Easier Way to Test Kids for DiabetesAdam Greene
Testing kids for diabetes has traditionally required a blood test, something no child is ever excited for! Well, researchers at Oxford University may have solved that problem with a simple breath test.
The simple procedure can test for a sweet-smelling chemical called acetone, which they have successfully linked to a build up of ketones in the body. Why is this connection important? Because the presence of ketones signifies that an individual’s insulin levels are low, indicating that their pancreas is not functioning properly.
Imagine being able to test by just breathing into a bag! While the device is still a ways away from being commonly available, the developers aim to have it in some hospitals by the middle of the 2015.
What an incredible possibility!
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