Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Autoimmune Diseases

Scientists on cusp of diagnostic saliva testing

Category: Autoimmune Diseases

The protein content in saliva, which changes as people age, may soon provide an avenue of diagnostic testing for age-related diseases, according to new research.

A study published in the November 6 issue of the Journal of Proteome Research revealed the process that scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California have been taking to develop quick saliva tests to assess a patient's health, HealthDay News reports.

The research team noted previous studies which determined that human saliva contains proteins which are active in fighting disease and in promoting healthy digestion.

By separating healthy women into two age groups, one including 20 to 30-year-olds and the other 55 to 65-year-olds, they identified 293 proteins that differed between the two groups, most of which played a role in the immune system's defense against infection.

The older women were found to have almost twice as many immune-related proteins as those in the younger group.

The researchers commented, "It is critical to take into consideration these normal differences in protein expression when searching for clinically relevant, disease-specific biomarkers."

The National Institutes of Health have previously recommended an array of blood tests, genetic tests and diagnostic imaging technologies to safely screen for infections and diseases before deciding to begin treatment.

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top