Lena Edwards, MD, internist, Balance Health & Wellness Center, discusses salivary cortisol testing which is increasingly being used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with hypothalamic pituitary adrenal dysfunction. The pattern of cortisol release is important and salivary testing allows this to be analyzed.

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