Saliva may diagnose serious diseases at early stages, research says

Saliva may diagnose serious diseases at early stages, research says

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—

Ongoing research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) suggests that a simple saliva test may be able to diagnose such serious illnesses as cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and neurological disorders during their early stages. This will potentially improve treatment outcomes and possibly lead to self-diagnostic tools.

“If you don’t look in saliva, you may miss important indicators of disease,” said Dr. David Wong, a senior author of the research and UCLA’s Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professor in Dentistry. “There seems to be treasure in saliva, which will surprise people.”

According to the research, saliva contains many of the disease-indicative molecules commonly tested for in blood.

“If we can define the boundaries of molecular targets in saliva, then we can ask what the constituents in saliva are that can mark someone who has pre-diabetes or the early stages of oral cancer or pancreatic cancer — and we can utilize this knowledge for personalized medicine,” said Wong.

For the past decade, Wong studied biomarkers in saliva and recently discovered that RNA, an essential molecule for protein creation in cells, is also contained in saliva and can be used to detect disease.

Wong and the other UCLA scientists also found more than 400 circular forms of RNA in saliva, of which over 300 were previously unknown. The circular form itself was only recently discovered, while the linear form is well-known.

While researchers do not completely understand circular RNA’s function in saliva, they did find that small microRNA particles bind to it.

“Circular RNAs in saliva may be protecting other RNAs,” said Xinshu (Grace) Xiao, the paper’s other senior author and a UCLA associate professor of integrative biology and physiology.

The scientists also found that the microRNA levels in saliva are very similar to those in other body fluids such as blood, indicating that saliva would be a very good measure for microRNA.

This remarkable discovery could allow dentists to take saliva samples and test for a wide range of serious illnesses. Patients may even soon have access to accurate self-diagnostic devices.

“This could indicate that wearable gear that informs you whether you have a disease — even before you have any symptoms — is almost here,” said Wong.

Shocking new documentary proposes universe revolves around earth

Shocking new documentary proposes universe revolves around earth

A new documentary, “The Principle,” discusses astonishing new research that seems to indicate the entire universe may revolve around the Earth.

John Hartnett, a physics professor from the University of Adelaide in Australia, used the 2005 Sloan Digital Sky Survey to analyze the locations of 400,000 galaxies. What he found astounded him: the galaxies appeared to be arranged with the Earth at the center.

“[It was] as if the galaxies preferred to lie at some periodic spacing out from the Earth,” Hartnett said.

“This is sort of like saying that our galaxy is somewhere near the center of the universe, and when you look at the galaxies arrayed all around us, they’re on sort of like gigantic shells,” he added.

The study illuminates the controversy surrounding the Big Bang Theory, suggesting a specified pattern to the galaxies.

“If you’re a believer in the Big Bang, you believe that there’s going to be this smooth explosion that’s not going to have any distinguishing features,” said Sungenis, the film’s executive producer. “It’s not going to have any center. So if you find center in that big mass, then that means somebody had to make it that way. There’s a designer behind it.

“All of the radiation which comes from everywhere in the universe — there’s no place we don’t see it — it’s all coming toward us and aligned with us,” Sungenis said. “Well, we’re just like a little pea compared to the Milky Way. What’s the universe doing aligned with this little pea? But that’s what they found three times in 20 years.”

“If we are significant and if there’s something special about our home, this planet, then those concepts have tremendous implications,” Selbrede, vice president of the Chalcedon Foundation, said.

”In cosmology we’re off by a factor of 10 to the 120. That’s one with a 120 zeroes after it,” Michio Kaku, a theoretical physics professor at the City College of New York said. “This is the largest mismatch between theory and experiment in the history of science.”