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Breath test can tell if you are stressed

PTI  London, February 28, 2013
First Published: 23:02 IST(28/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:05 IST(28/2/2013)

Under stress? Your breath could tell! Deep breathing, recommended for stress busting, could also be used to understand whether or not you are under stress, scientists say.

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There are six markers in the breath that could be candidates for use as indicators of stress, according to a new study published in Journal of Breath Research.

The researchers hope that findings such as these could lead to a quick, simple and non-invasive test for measuring stress.

"If we can measure stress objectively in a non-invasive way, then it may benefit patients and vulnerable people in long-term care who find it difficult to disclose stress responses to their carers, such as those suffering from Alzheimer's," lead-author of the study, Professor Paul Thomas, said.


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