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Parents In Pennsylvania Can Now Test Their Children For Lead Exposure Using Saliva
Date:6/9/2009

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 Pennsylvania through a wider distribution base.

San Diego, CA (Vocus) – 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 Pennsylvania 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.

The National Center for Environmental Health, an agency under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified Pennsylvania as one of the areas most affected by lead exposure in the United States. As of 2006, there are more than four thousand confirmed cases of children having blood lead levels (BLL) more than 10 µg/dL in Pennsylvania. A BLL of 10 µg/dL is what the CDC considers the threshold for intervention when it comes to lead exposure among children. The data does not include lead exposure among adults in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the United States for the estimated number of children with elevated blood lead levels. In addition, based on the CDC’s estimate of the number of children with elevated blood lead levels in cities, Pennsylvania was identified to have four cities in the top 129. Philadelphia was ranked at number 5, Pittsburgh at 28, Erie at 96, and Allentown at 129. Further, the 2000 United States Census data for Pennsylvania indicates that there is 250,296 families considered to be living in poverty.

In cities such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Erie, large numbers of children who are below the poverty level live in older, deteriorating housing. In several smaller cities such as Allentown, Bethlehem, and York there are concentrations of high-risk housing placing children who reside in these homes at increased risk for lead exposure

High Risk Areas for Lead Poisoning by County Level, Pennsylvania 2006

 
  • Philadelphia County
  • York County
  • Allegheny County
  • Berks County
  • Blair County
  • Dauphin County
  • Delaware County
  • Erie County

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 confirmbiosciences.com

Confirm BioSciences Inc.

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