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For instance, stress hormones can be measured in saliva.
Now, there is news from the American Heart Association scientific sessions that oral bacteria is associated with atherosclerosis and the fatty deposits that clog arteries and increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.
According to the researchers, saliva could be examined to measure the risk for heart disease. Down the road, the thought is that further studies might tell us what bacteria could be produced to fight heat disease.