Before gas is passed, scientists use capsules to measure it

March 13, 2015 9:42 PM

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Before gas is passed, scientists use capsules to measure it

The technology offers promising possibilities for diagnosing gastrointestinal-related health problems, like bowel cancer and irritable bowel syndrome. Previous research has connected certain gaseous concoctions with health risks, and scientists say the new capsule could be used to cost-effectively screen for these biomarkers.

"We know gut microorganisms produce gases as a by-product of their metabolism, but we understand very little about how that affects our health," explained lead study author Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, a researcher and professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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