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Various articles and information

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In this section, you will find articles on salivary and hair analysis, as well as two documents on collecting saliva samples and hair cortisol analysis.


Boumba, V.A., Ziavrou, K.S. & Vougiouklakis, T. (2006). Hair as a Biological Indicator of Drug Use, Drug Abuse or Chronic Exposure to Environmental Toxicants, International Journal of Toxicology, 25:3,143 — 163.  Pubmed

D’Anna-Hernandez, K.L., Ross, R.G., , Natvig, C.L. & Laudenslager, M.L. (2011). Hair cortisol levels as a retrospective marker of hypothalamic–pituitary axis activity throughout pregnancy: Comparison to salivary cortisol. Physiology & Behavior (104 ) 348–353. Pubmed

Fairbanks, L.A. Jorgensen, M.G., Bailey, J.N., Breidenthal, S.E., Grzywa, R. & Laudenslager, M.L. (2011) Heritability and genetic correlation of hair cortisol in vervet monkeys in low and higher stress environments. Psychoneuroendocrinology 36, 1201-1208. Pubmed

Gerber, M., Jonsdottir, I.H., Kalak, N. Elliot, C., Pühse, U., Holsboer-Trachsler, E. & Brand, S. (2013). Objectively assessed physical activity is associated with increased hair cortisol content in young adults. Stress 16(6): 593–599 Pubmed

Gow, R., Thomson, S., Rieder, M., Van Uum, S. & Koren, G.(2010) An assessment of cortisol analysis in hair and its clinical applications. Forensic science International (196) 32-37. Pubmed

Skoluda, N., et al., (2011) Elevated hair cortisol concentrations in endurance athletes. Psychoneuroendocrinology, doi:10.1016 Pubmed

Kirschbaum, C., Tietze, A., Skoluda, N. & Dettenborn, L. (2009) Hair as a retrospective calendar of cortisol production – Increased cortisol incorporation into hair in the third trimester of pregnancy. Psychoneuroendocrinology (34) , 32—37 Pubmed


Why we use passive drool collection versus absorbent methods [PDF]

Validation of analysis : Cortisol in hair [PDF]

Freeze-thaw cycle effects on salivary cortisol [PDF]

Sample Shipping Instructions [PDF]

****Saliva samples are routinely transported by the major carriers using straightforward procedures. FedEx is the BioAssay’s preferred carrier for sending samples to our Lab, and you should follow FedEx Procedures for Shipping your samples if shipping via FedEx.*****