A new sensor could help to provide cheap, fast diagnosis and treatment methods for a wide variety of diseases. The sensor could have a role in detecting blood glucose levels amongst people with diabetes, using their breath.
Early results from the University of Florida are promising, and the sensor could soon become available due to inexpensive technology that makes mass production a possibility. A professor of chemical engineering, Fan Re, reportedly commented: “This uses known manufacturing technology that is already out there.”
The sensor goes against a school of thought that says glucose levels in the breath are too small to detect. However, this device uses a semiconductor to ampify the minute signals to a more readable level. Ren reportedly continued: “Instead of poking your finger to get the blood, you can just breathe into it and measure the glucose in the breath condensate.”

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