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Dogs can sniff out bacteria that is a major of cause of lung damage in people with cystic fibrosis before it takes hold, according to a study.
Research found the animals can detect ultra-low concentrations of pseudomonas, the commonest cause of lung infection in the disease.
Bio-detection - Dogs - Level - Accuracy - Bacteria
Bio-detection dogs have a very high level of accuracy when asked to identify bacteria associated with serious lung infections according to research from Imperial College London.
A major cause of lung damage in cystic fibrosis (CF) is infection with bacterial pathogens, the most prevalent of which is pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa).
Sufferers - Fibrosis - Pa
Over half the sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis are infected with pa before they turn 18.
The study shows that dogs can differentiate between Pa and other CF bacterial pathogens by smell alone.
Technologies - Dogs - Airway - Infection - CF
Compared with existing technologies, dogs may ultimately be more affordable for screening lower airway infection in CF, the researchers say.
Pa may be successfully eradicated but frequently reoccurs and develops resistance to antibiotics.
Chronic - Pa - Deterioration - Deaths - CF
Chronic Pa is closely linked faster lung deterioration and earlier deaths in CF sufferers.
It is harder to diagnose in children with CF but takes hold of the lungs and becomes extremely difficult to shift.
If they have symptoms, they are...
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