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Parents in Missouri Can Now Test Their Children for Lead Exposure Using Saliva
Date:6/8/2009

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 Missouri through a wider distribution base.

San Diego, CA (Vocus) June 8, 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 Missouri 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 Missouri. 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.

FACT: In 2003, at least 3,000 Missouri children under the age of six tested positive for high blood lead levels.

St. Louis is one of many US cities which have failed to effectively confront a major health danger. Thousands of children in St. Louis now suffer from lead poisoning, which is a totally preventable cause of brain damage. About 29% of African Americans and 16% of white children who are tested in the city have levels greater than ten micrograms per decilitre—the federal definition of “poisoned.” Nationally, 2.2% of children suffer from lead poisoning. In some African American neighborhoods in north St. Louis, 55% of the children are poisoned! Lead poisoning leads to intellectual impairment in children including decreased intelligence and increased behavior disorders.

More than 140,000 housing units in St. Louis are contaminated with lead paint, according to the health department, and the problem is worse than it was when the lead prevention programs were implemented thirty years ago. In 2000, 31 percent of the tested children under age six in St. Louis suffered from lead poisoning; the highest rates of new cases are clustered in the African-American community.

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

St. Louis city: # Children Tested 12.637, Total #Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 712
St. Louis County: # Children Tested, 13453, Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 132
Jackson County: # Children Tested 10,304; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 123
Buchanan County: # Children Tested 878; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 26
St. Francois County: # Children Tested 1001; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 21
Jasper County: # Children Tested 2652; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 24
Marion County: # Children Tested 689; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 14
Saline County: # Children Tested 484; Total # Lead Poisoning Confirmed Cases 10

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 www.confirmbiosciences.com.

Confirm BioSciences Inc.

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