Detecting Obesity Through Children’s Breath?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The breath of obese children may help doctors predict and treat future complications, like liver disease or diabetes, according to research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital.
Researchers studied the concentration of volatile organic compounds in the breath of obese and lean children. Obese children had higher concentrations of up to 50 different compounds then their lean counterparts. Using these compounds, researchers were able to identify obese children with 92 percent accuracy.
"Ultimately, this could have huge implications for early interventions for obesity-related complications that could be effectively targeted to combat risk as these children get older," lead study author Naim Alkhouri, MD, was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to; http://www.ddw.org/news/articles/2013/05/18/new-research-identifies-risks-interventions-for-children-s-gi-health
SOURCE: Digestive Disease Week, May 2013
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