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...
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.
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?
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. ;)
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?
@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.
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