Hi-tech nose helps sniff out cancer, 16 other diseases by analyzing breath


A person’s breath can determine a lot about their overall health, according to researchers. Now a new experimental technology, basically a hi-tech nose that analyzes breath molecules, can help sniff out cancer and other diseases.

>> Read more trending news

Created in Israel by Hossam Haick, of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, it’s called Na-Nose, and it operates like a Breathalyzer, Haick said.

A patient blows into the device, which then determines the presence of illnesses like Parkinson’s disease, kidney disease and multiple sclerosis, to name a few, with an 86 percent accuracy rate, according to a study published in ACS Nano last year.

The device is actually measuring volatile organic compounds that can be measured in a person’s breath because “each disease has its own unique blueprint,” according to the study.

Haick explained in a YouTube video, according to Medical Daily, that Na-Nose “imitates a human’s or dog’s sense of smell to analyze a patient’s breath,” and can determine “whether the patient is healthy or has a disease.” It can also predict who might be at risk for a certain disease in the future and it can help diagnose the disease earlier, Haick said.

>> Related: Vaccinated or not, the mumps are on the rise again — What you need to know

CNN reported seven companies are working with Haick’s technology to try to create a product that could one day show up in doctors’ offices and make early disease diagnosis routine.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Kushner resists losing access as Kelly tackles security clearance issues
Kushner resists losing access as Kelly tackles security clearance issues

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets, according to White House officials and...
Alabama police officer shot, killed; suspect dead
Alabama police officer shot, killed; suspect dead

An Alabama police officer who was shot Tuesday night has died, authorities say. >> Read more trending news 
Women may be mistaking ovarian cancer symptoms for bloating, study says
Women may be mistaking ovarian cancer symptoms for bloating, study says

According to a new research, women may be suffering from ovarian cancer without even knowing it. A study completed by Target Ovarian Cancer (TOC) shared Monday found that instead of visiting a physician after feeling symptoms including bloating and fullness, women are more likely to simply change their diets. By just switching to eating...
Parents locked 4 adopted children in separate bedrooms, restricted food, bathroom use, police say
Parents locked 4 adopted children in separate bedrooms, restricted food, bathroom use, police say

An Arizona couple is facing child abuse charges after police say they locked their four adopted children in separate bedrooms, restricting access to food and bathrooms.
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls arming teachers 'the dumbest idea I've ever heard'
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls arming teachers 'the dumbest idea I've ever heard'

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) called an Alabama push to arm teachers “the dumbest idea [he had] ever heard” and “crazy.” Alabama’s state House is considering a bill that would allow teachers to carry firearms. State Rep. Will Ainsworth – who is sponsoring the bill – introduced it during a press conference...
More Stories