Electronic capsule detects different gases in human gut

by Health | 10-01-2018 | 13665 views

The ingestible capsule detects and measures gut gases-hydrogen, carbon dioxides and oxygen. This data can be sent to a mobile phone also.

Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, study lead and capsule co-inventor, said the trials showed that the human stomach uses an oxidizer to fight foreign bodies in the gut. “We found that the stomach releases oxidizing chemicals to break down and beat foreign compounds that are staying in the stomach for longer than usual,” Kalantar-Zadeh said. “This could represent a gastric protection system against foreign bodies. Such an immune mechanism has never been reported before.”

Another observation from the trial was that the colon may contain oxygen. “Trials showed the presence of high concentrations of oxygen in the colon under an extremely high-fibre diet,” Kalantar –Zahed said “This contradicts the old belief that the colon is always oxygen free.

 “Trials showed the presence of high concentrations of oxygen in the colon under an extremely high-fibre diet,” Kalantar-zadeh said. “This contradicts the old belief that the colon is always oxygen free.

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