Wouldn't you rather give a sample of saliva instead of having blood drawn? The evolution of salivary diagnostics has reached a new level toward the goal of using saliva as a powerful fluid for early detection and the first line of diagnosis for life threatening diseases such a cancer, metabolic disorders, infections and inflammatory diseases. Samples of saliva are easy to obtain and can contain disease specific biomarkers in medical diseases. Recently, the salivaomics knowledge base (SKB), a web based data management system has been created (www.skb.ucla.edu). Overall, the SKB will allow a systems approach to the utilization of salivary diagnostic technology for personalized medical applications.
Further information is available at dentalcetoday.com, June 2012.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309