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What Saliva Can Tell Doctors That Will Scare Some Parents

An article published by Reuters reports on a recent study finding that the presence of nicotine in the saliva is a better predictor of whether children brought to the hospital for asthma and breathing problems “would need to come back to the hospital, compared to the information parents gave to doctors.” In the study, only 35% of parents of children brought to the hospital for asthma and breathing problems reported their children having some tobacco exposure. “However, about 56 percent of the children’s blood samples and about 80 percent of their saliva samples tested positive for cotinine, a component of nicotine that’s a marker for tobacco exposure.” Saliva testing may help doctors identify and eliminate the exposure.

Read the article published by Reuters.