San Diego, CA (Vocus) June 3, 2009
LeadConfirm Professional, the first and only non-invasive and oral-based lead testing product in the market today, is now available to more doctors and health care professionals in Kansas through a wider distribution base.
Confirm BioSciences Inc., the company behind the development of LeadConfirm Professional, reports that the lead testing product can now be purchased conveniently from various reputable online stores such as Amazon.com and TestCountry.com. All that a buyer needs to do is to visit the website, place the order, and then wait for the product to be delivered to them within a few days.
LeadConfirm Professional is a testing product that checks if the body is affected by lead contamination and by how much. The testing is done using saliva collected through an FDA-approved device. The saliva is then placed in vials and sent to the Confirm BioSciences laboratories in a prepaid envelope included in the testing kit.
To test for lead contamination in the body using saliva samples, Confirm BioSciences utilizes advanced technology in Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with Mass Spectrometry X2 (LC/MS/MS). The results are available within five to six business days. The patient can get these results online or through telephone.
Representatives from Confirm BioSciences stated that there is a huge need for the public to have better products for testing lead among children in Pennsylvania. This is what prompted the company to make LeadConfirm Professional open to a broader distribution base.
Zeynep Ilgaz, president and CEO of Confirm BioSciences, said: “There is a tremendous need for this product, as lead poisoning is a major issue in our society.”
“This test will be available to the professional market and through doctors’ offices for individuals who would like to have their levels checked,” Ms. Ilgaz added. Ms. Ilgaz is a mother of two.
Statistics from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration back up this need for more accessible lead testing products such as LeadConfirm Professional. In the United States alone, there are more than a million workers in at least 100 different jobs who are exposed to lead on a daily basis. These include people employed in manufacturing plants making ceramic tiles and batteries. Lead exposure also affects people working as mechanics, painters, welders and other related jobs.
People in manufacturing and related service jobs are not the only ones who are likely candidates for high levels of lead exposure. It is possible for children staying at home to have industrial levels of lead in the body. Children can be exposed to lead from urban dust, from food and from breathing lead particles in the air.
In 2007, Kansas recorded 188 new lead poisoning cases. Of those 69% of the cases were in children between 0-2 years of age. In 2008, Kansas identified 140 new lead poisoning cases. Once again 68% of the cases affected children between 0-2 years of age. The chart below also reflects that in 2007, 37% of the identified cases recorded blood-lead levels greater than 15ug/dL in 2008 that percentage rose to 46%.
Lead was banned from house paint in 1978, but many houses in Kansas City were painted with lead paint before the ban. About 80 percent of the houses in Kansas City could still contain lead paint. Because of this, the State of Missouri considers Kansas City an area where children are at high-risk for lead poisoning and recommends all children between the ages of six months and six years be tested for lead poisoning once a year.
Confirmed Lead Poisoning Case Rate Country, KANSAS 2006
Data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Based on 2000 US Census data.
Lead exposure is particularly dangerous for children. It can result in anemia, learning disabilities, speech delays, attention deficit disorders, mental retardation, hearing loss, and different forms of renal and neurological damage.
Typically, lead testing products require blood samples from the patient. This is often difficult if the patient to be tested is a child. In such cases, it is more effective to use saliva samples instead of blood samples. Researchers from the Department of Health in North Carolina proved that saliva tests are just as conclusive as blood tests in determining lead levels in a person’s body.
Confirm BioSciences is a respected provider of diagnostic drugs and testing kits, including LeadConfirm Professional. More information on Confirm BioSciences is available at http://www.confirmbiosciences.com.
Confirm BioSciences Inc.