Pill-size sensor sniffs out gases that pass through your gut

Pill-size sensor sniffs out gases that pass through your gut

A swallowable, pill-size sensor that can sense gases as it travels through the human digestive tract may one day help doctors diagnose patients' gut conditions, such as lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome, a new, small study finds. Researchers tested the electronic sensor in seven healthy people and found that the device could accurately detect the concentrations of hydrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen in real time as it passed through the body, according to the study, published online Monday in the journal Nature Electronics. Although the sensor's results still need to be tested in a larger group of people, including...

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