Simple test to reveal stress levels

Stress, often called ‘the silent killer’ because of its stealthy effects on everything from heart disease to mental health, has in the past proven difficult to measure. Now researchers at the University of Cincinnati in the US have developed a new test that can easily and simply measure common stress hormones using sweat, blood, urine or saliva.

Using ultraviolet light the researchers were able to accurately measure stress hormones in a drop of blood, sweat, urine or saliva. The device could measure multiple biomarkers in different body fluids making it an ideal tool for point-of-care diagnostics.

The device has widespread applications, and the research team hopes to eventually turn their ideas into a simple device that patients can use at home to monitor various aspects of their health.

Many physical ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure and neurological or psychological disorders can be traced back to stress that the patient has gone through.