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breath tests

diagnostic tests for intestinal disorders such as bacterial overgrowth, ileal disease, lactase deficiency, and steatorrhea. Lactose malabsorption is treated by giving the patient 12.5 to 25.0 grams of lactose and measuring the amount of hydrogen excreted in the breath. If lactose absorption is impaired in the small intestine, colonic bacteria ferment the lactose, releasing hydrogen, which is excreted in the breath. Bacterial overgrowth is tested with 14C-cholylglycine, which is normally absorbed by the ileum and recycled via the enterohepatic circulation. In cases of bacterial overgrowth the labeled glycine is removed by conjugation in the small intestine, absorbed, and metabolized, resulting in an increase of 14CO2 in the breath. Breath tests are also used to test for the presence of Helicobacter pylori.
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The campaign, part of a national initiative co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), ran between June 1 and June 30, 2013, and saw officers carry out 1,010 roadside breath tests.
Brown's lawyers had said there were shortcomings in the strict breath test procedures carried out by the arresting officers.
Across Wales 651 people were arrested for failing a breath test and in North Wales of the 10,749 drivers breath tested, 142 arrests were made.
At present, police can only carry out a breath test if a driver has been driving erratically, been in an accident or has committed some other motoring offence, such as speeding or having a faulty light.
The figures showed 80 per cent of breath tests, 89 per cent of blood samples and 82 per cent of urine tests were over the limit.
Taking into consideration that accidents involving illegal levels of alcohol have increased since 1997, it is quite surprising that the number of breath tests is on the decline.
Under force procedure officers attending road accidents are required to breath test all drivers involved.
In Dyfed Powys a total of 11,281 breath tests were carried out, with 161 being positive.
Of those 123 people failed or refused a breath test, a total of 3.
Overall, the Home Office figures showed: * In 2009, a total of 813,288 breath tests were carried out - 14 per cent more than in 2008; * The number of positive (over the limit) tests in 2009 increased by 3 per cent on the 2008 total; * With more tests carried out in 2009 than in the previous year, the proportion of positive or failed tests fell from 13 per cent in 2008 to 12 per cent in 2009.
Around 4,000 breath tests were taken and 108 people were arrested.
Insp Clive Isherwood, from West Midlands Police, said: "This year's campaign saw a significant increase in the number of vehicles stopped and breath tests carried out.