Saliva Testing Might Determine the Severity of Asthma
If asthma severely impairs your life and ability to work, you might qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits. However, proving that asthma prevents you from performing any substantial gainful activity can be difficult, as disability standards currently base their assessments on the frequency, severity, and timing of asthma attacks.
A new test, developed by researchers at Loughborough University and Nottingham City Hospital in the United Kingdom, could be a non-invasive way to get new data on the severity of the disease.
During the study, published in Analytical Methods, researchers collected simple saliva samples from people with and without asthma and analyzed them by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.
The test looks for the quantity of specific metabolic biomarkers present in the samples.
These biomarkers are unique to asthma patients. When they are present in large quantities, doctors can use them as benchmarks to measure the potential severity of the disease. Furthermore, doctors believe this test will allow them to diagnose the disease in very young patients without having to administer difficult tests or invasive exams.
More testing is necessary to accept the test as a new standard for examination and diagnosis. The researchers hope the test can become part of the diagnosis process as well as the ongoing monitoring of patients’ health.
If You Have Asthma and Cannot Work Due to Attacks Let Us Help
If a disabling condition such as asthma makes it too difficult to work at your current job or any other job for which you are qualified, you might be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Contact the Disability Help Group at 800-800-2009 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our disability advocates. Call us at any stage of your application process. We can help you file your initial disability claim and appeal any denials of your benefits.