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Scientists invent electronic nose that can SMELL if you have a cold

September 13, 2019


It’s not to be sniffed at! Scientists invent electronic nose that can SMELL if you have a coldDoctors may soon be using an electronic nose to sniff out the cause of illnesses  The device analyses breath samples, picking out any bacteria that is present By using on the spot diagnosis’ the hope is it will reduce the use of antibiotics   An electronic nose that can tell if you have a cold or flu could soon be used in GP surgeries The inventors say the device has an 80 per cent success rate. It sniffs out bacteria – meaning it can tell when antibiotics are needed as a treatment Bacterial infections respond to antibiotics, but viral ones do not. Using the nose, GPs can tell patients attending surgeries if they have a cold or flu – or a bacterial infection The device would be able to analyse bacteria and other microorganisms in a persons breath to give an on the spot diagnosis, reducing the need to use antibiotics as a catch-all solution RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Donald Trump says he and Melania have urged Barron ‘Don’t We rang the bell that means we’re well! The heartwarming. Share this article Share The device analyses a breath sample after patients have blown into a tube – similar to a police breathalyser Chemicals are then identified, signalling what bacteria is present. Warwick University’s Professor James Covington, who developed the nose, said he hopes it will help reduce antibiotic prescriptions He stressed: ‘I want to try to make the drugs we have last longer. Our idea is that we are going to get breath and we are going to sniff it Smelling breath gives access to the body’s biological process.’He told the British Science Festival in Warwickshire that preliminary trials involving more than 1,000 people suggest it is accurate in four out of five cases Professor Covington said the nose could identify ‘80 per cent of patients who did not have bacterial infections This could be a cold or a flu – that is pretty good for a general screening situation ‘You could also say that we could accurately state that eight out of ten patients had the flu or common cold ’It is claimed unnecessary prescriptions are fuelling resistance to antibiotics.  Share or comment on this article: It’s not to be sniffed at! Scientists invent electronic nose that can SMELL if you have a cold  e-mail Add comment Comments 11 Share what you think Newest Oldest Best rated Worst rated View all  The comments below have not been moderated View all The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline Add your comment Enter your comment Post comment to your Facebook Timeline What’s This?  By posting your comment you agree to our house rules Submit Comment Clear Close Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual No Yes Close Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook  You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our Privacy Policy

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