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An EU-funded project is working on smartphones’ health cred by developing ‘Sniffphone’ – a module capable of analysing the user’s breath to detect as many as 17 diseases including early stage forms of some cancers.

Presented in a study published on ACS Nano in December 2016, the ‘Na-Nose’ technology as it is called can detect the chemical patterns of exhaled volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in patients’ breath.

The next step now consists in miniaturising the device enough to be able to bring it onto smartphones by August 2018, thanks to funding under Horizon 2020’s SNIFFPHONE project.

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