This stress test to do at home can assess your level of anxiety

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If everyone has (normally) already been faced with stressful situations in his life, the anxiety can sometimes be experienced as a brake on social, and result in long-term real health problems, such as high blood pressure, or obesity. Most people with chronic stress are generally aware of their state, but a group of researchers from the university of Cincinnati has recently developed a kit capable of measuring the anxiety level of a patient with a little bit of saliva.


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“We wanted a simple tool to use and easy to interpret. The latter might give you all the information you need, but will be able to tell you if you need a professional to take the lead” — Andrew Steckl, professor of electrical engineering at the university of Cincinnati and a researcher on the project



According to the results of a study published in the journal of the American Chemical Society Sensors, as well as on the site EurekAlert, this kit, designed to be used at home, using a simple test strip to the various stress biomarkers, present in saliva, urine, blood or sweat. Thanks to a chemical reaction, and a beam of light to UV, it is thus possible to determine at what point the patient is stressed. Although it will likely never intended to replace a consultation in good and due form to the doctor, the tool could function as an effective indicator of the level stress, which can determine if the patient needs to consult a specialist before physical symptoms related to his anxiety begin to appear. A commercial version of the kit, intended to be sold in supermarkets could soon make its appearance in the u.s. pharmacy within a few months.

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