Obese kids, healthy weight kids have different breath, study says

May 20, 2013, CBS News

By Ryan Jaslow

A child’s breath may reveal risk for diseases years before he or she gets sick.

Breath from obese children appears to contain different chemical compounds than the breath of non-obese kids, a researcher has discovered. He hopes his study could one day pave the way for a breath test at the pediatrician’s office instead of a painful blood test, he said.

“I think breath testing has major advantages, especially in the pediatric population,” study author Dr. Naim Alkhouri, director of the pediatric preventive cardiology and metabolic clinic at the Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Hospital, said to CBSNews.com. “It’s like playing a game for kids. They really like it.” Continue reading