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Breath test could tell doctors if you're sick

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UNDATED (WJRT) - (07/09/14) - With most diseases, an early diagnosis means a better prognosis, but sometimes it's difficult, painful and expensive to test for illnesses.

Now, that could be changing.

There's a new way to spot a variety of conditions, and all it takes is a simple breath. That's right- your breath could tell doctors if you are sick.

You inhale, you exhale. Every minute, the average person takes about 15 breaths and researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say they can reveal a lot about your health.

Researchers have been studying whether a simple breath test could detect conditions like liver, kidney and heart disease. In a recent pilot study, they were able to show the test was 100 percent accurate at identifying patients with heart failure.    

They duplicated the results in a second trial. The test has also been able to detect patients with acute alcoholic hepatitis, a condition that has no diagnostic test.    

Lung cancer is another disease picked up by the breath test. Previous studies have shown about an 80 percent accuracy, but at the 2013 chest conference, Dr. Peter Mazzone reported on an advanced version of the sensor.    

"The early results suggest that we've been able to improve our accuracy," he said. "

It's offering patients a simple, pain-free glimpse into their health.    

Doctors hope the test will be able to detect other cancers in the future.
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