San Diego, CA (Vocus) July 2, 2009
Until now, determining a person’s lead exposure has been an invasive procedure involving painful blood tests.
However, that has changed thanks to LeadConfirm Professional, a new saliva-based test that screens for lead exposure in the body using oral fluids.
Developed by Confirm BioSciences, a San Diego-based biotech company, this test does not require any needle sticks or blood from the body. Just a few simple swabs of the inside cheek is all that is needed to determine how much lead a person has been exposed to.
LeadConfirm Professional comes at just the right time. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 1 million workers in more than 100 different occupations are exposed to lead every day, making lead overexposure one of the most common overexposures found in industry, and one of the leading causes of workplace illness.
Even worse: OSHA also notes that lead is also a major potential public health risk; one that may be present in hazardous concentrations in food, water, and air and sources include paint, urban dust, and folk remedies.
Lead poisoning is the leading environmentally induced illness in children and nearly 1 million children five years and younger have lead levels equal or greater to the levels experts consider “dangerous.”
The effects of lead poison on children include speech delay, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, stunted growth, neurological and renal damage, mental retardation, anemia, and hearing loss
"There is tremendous need for this product, as lead poisoning is a major issue in our society,” said Zeynep Ilgaz, President and Founder of Confirm BioSciences and a mother of two small children. “We are seeing an increase in consumers wanting to better manage their own health care and Confirm BioSciences is responding to that growing market by developing new platform technologies that help to improve the health and wellness of children and individuals," she continued.
Unlike existing tests which use invasive blood tests, LeadConfirm Professional screens for lead exposure in the body using saliva, a vital bodily fluid that carries molecules, many bio markers of disease, evidence of drug use and many other indicators (known and unknown) of what is happening inside the human body.
In addition, existing tests are usually only performed after a healthcare professional suspects lead exposure – and often that is too late for anything to be done. However, the non-invasive nature of LeadConfirm Professional makes it easier to check for lead exposure – and, if needed, prescribe treatment – sooner than ever.
Confirm BioSciences, LeadConfirm Professional’s parent company, researched its patented methodology and process at its partner lab, Western Slope Laboratory in Troy, Michigan.
Researchers analyzed the saliva of 100 children living in North Carolina at the same time as those childrens’ blood was by that state’s Department of Health. Studies determined a 1.00 (100%) correlation between lead levels found in the saliva tests vs. blood tests making lead test as accurate as a blood test.
By comparing the results of the two lead test studies it became apparent that analyzing saliva is an effective means to establish body lead – especially if this test is viewed as a “screening method” with the recommendation of a physician involved in the event results exceed a certain level.
LeadConfirm Professional comes with a FDA approved collection device that should be administered by a doctor or healthcare professional. Once the saliva is collected, the vials are sent to the lab with a pre-paid envelope provided in the kit and the results can be accessed online or by phone within 5-6 business days after the lab receives the kit.
The tests are analyzed CLIA by state-of-the-art Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with Mass Spectrometry X2 (LC/MS/MS) technology to determine the amount of lead present in the body. Positive results should be followed up with a physician for further analysis and treatment.
Confirm BioSciences has successfully developed and manufactured numerous screening tests including HairConfirm, the first at home hair follicle drug test in the market, and SteroidConfirm the first steroid test kit on the market.
In addition, Confirm BioSciences distributes products in over 50 countries throughout the world under brand-name or private-label arrangements.
LeadConfirm Professional is available at http://www.drugstore.com. The Product retails for$79.99 (includes lab fee and prepaid envelope to the lab).
About Confirm BioSciences
Confirm BioSciences is a provider of diagnostic drugs of abuse and health test kits. The company is privately held and based in San Diego. For more information, visit [http://www.confirmbiosciences.com
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