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warren@fourward.com
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Re: D-Dogs
warren@fourward.com   6/27/2013 9:39:19 AM
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By the way, I made up the term D-dogs, as I didn't want to spell out diabetic recognition dogs, or, DIRE dogs for short.  The story is true, but the name is changed to protect the innocent.  I think it is ketone they recognize.

They may have a name, but I don't know it.  I do like DIRE dogs, though...

Elizabeth M
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Re: Breakthrough
Elizabeth M   6/27/2013 4:51:08 AM
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Thanks for your post and question, Greg. I don't know about the titanium oxide. I will have to check in with the resesearchers on that one. For more info, here is a link to the news release on the university site: http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/diabetes-breathalyzer

Maybe there is more information there? I'll look into it.

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Re: D-Dogs
Elizabeth M   6/27/2013 4:44:08 AM
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Good question, shehan. I don't know enough about the chemistry to say but from what I heard from the researchers it was a bit tricky for them to design something to be able to pick up the correct diagnostic markers from the breath. Perhaps alcohol is a bit easier to distinguish? But like I said, I don't know for sure. And maybe it has something to do with alcohol being in your body for a short time versus blood-sugar level testing, which perhaps is a bit more difficult to do? Any experts want to weigh in?

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Re: D-Dogs
Elizabeth M   6/27/2013 4:26:12 AM
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I wasn't aware of that D-Dogs but if it's true, it's quite interesting. I'm not sure it's technology keeping up with the canines but just advancing a bit to try to make a diabetes test less invasive. ;)

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Greg M. Jung   6/26/2013 9:20:41 PM
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Nice breakthrough using nano technology. As this technology progresses, I can see a more mobile device which can be used for detection on-site (rather than a lab).

Another question that came to mind was how does the titanium dioxide get replenished and how often does this need to occur?

shehan
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Re: D-Dogs
shehan   6/26/2013 4:35:49 PM
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I believe this is an advancement of the alcohol breath tester, currently we see alcohol consumption being tested by local authorities. I am just thinking why we are late to come up with this invention?

shehan
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Re: D-Dogs
shehan   6/26/2013 4:33:08 PM
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@warren – I think it's nice to see medical technology improving; after all it's for the betterment of the mankind. It could help people start treatment early and could even save lives before it's too late. 

warren@fourward.com
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D-Dogs
warren@fourward.com   6/26/2013 8:47:15 AM
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I think they have trained dogs to recognize this condition and warn the person that they are in trouble.  The sensors are just now keeping up with canines!

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