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New Breath Analysis Book
Professor David Smith FRS has edited another book on the state-of-the-art techniques in which he, together with his breath analysis research team at the Guy Hilton Research Centre Keele, is a world leader. "Volatile Biomarkers: non-invasive diagnosis in physiology and medicine" presents research on volatile organic compounds that can be used as gaseous biomarkers in exhaled breath, from other bodily excretions and emitted through the skin.
The Keele team developed and uses Select Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) to detect minute quantities of trace gases in the breath which is useful in clinical diagnosis and therapy, and has laid the foundations for a whole area of multidisciplinary study promising non-invasive, low cost monitoring of many common diseases such as cancers, respiratory and gastrointestinal dysfunction, nutritional intolerance and metabolic disorders including diabetes.
The book is co-edited by Professor Smith and his long-term collaborator Dr Anton Amann, from the Innsbruck Medical University in Austria, and reports the latest findings and applications, from the basic analysis of samples through to forward thinking uses such as in search-and-rescue operations.
Published by Elsevier, the book will be launched at the Breath Analysis Summit 2013 in Saarbruecken, Germany in mid June – see http://www.breath2013.de/. "Breath 2013" is the latest in an annual series of international breath analysis meetings which first started at Keele in 2003.