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What is a hair analysis test?

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A hair analysis uses special techniques to look closely at your hair under a microscope. The results can show details about your health and habits. Different labs do the tests differently, and their results can vary a lot. Experts say hair analysis is most helpful when paired with tests that use something other than hair. The analysis can check for things such as drug use, some genetic disorders, and alopecia.

From: What Is a Hair Analysis Test? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Analytica Chimica Acta: “Elemental Hair Analysis: A review of procedures and applications.”

Forensic Science International: “Anatomy and physiology of hair.”

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring: “Review of Biologic Matrices (Urine, Blood, Hair) as Indicators of Recent or Ongoing Cannabis Use.”

KidsHealth.org: “Your Hair.”

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Genetic Testing: What It Means for Your Family & for Your Family’s Health.”

Mayo Clinic Mayo Medical Laboratories: “Test ID: HMHA, Heavy Metals-Hair,” “Collecting Hair and Nails for Metal Testing.”

Aetna: “Hair Analysis – Medical Clinical Policy Bulletins.”

British Medical Association: “Paternity Testing.”

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency: “Testing for Impairing Substances in Health Care Professionals.”

The American Journal of Human Genetics: “Noninvasive Test for Fragile X Syndrome, Using Hair Root Analysis.”

Quest Diagnostics: “Frequently Asked Questions: Hair Testing. (March 2011.)”

Wellmont Health System: “Drug Tests: Don’t Fall Victim to a False Positive.”

Journal of Cosmetic Science: “Analysis of DNA in Hair Fibers.”

International Journal of Toxicology: “Hair as a biological indicator of drug use, drug abuse, or chronic exposure to environmental toxicants.”

International Journal of Trichology: “Hair Evaluation Methods: Merits and Demerits.”

Journal of Medical Genetics: “Predictive testing for cognitive functioning in female carriers of Fragile X syndrome using hair root analysis.”

Federal Bureau of Investigation: “Forensic Science Communications: Part 1: Hair Evidence.”

Society of Hair Testing: “Society of Hair Testing guidelines for drug testing in hair,” “Statement of the Society of Hair Testing concerning the examination of drugs in human hair.”

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry: “Hair Analysis Panel Discussion: Executive Summary.”

YourGenome.org: “What is DNA?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Analytica Chimica Acta: “Elemental Hair Analysis: A review of procedures and applications.”

Forensic Science International: “Anatomy and physiology of hair.”

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring: “Review of Biologic Matrices (Urine, Blood, Hair) as Indicators of Recent or Ongoing Cannabis Use.”

KidsHealth.org: “Your Hair.”

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Genetic Testing: What It Means for Your Family & for Your Family’s Health.”

Mayo Clinic Mayo Medical Laboratories: “Test ID: HMHA, Heavy Metals-Hair,” “Collecting Hair and Nails for Metal Testing.”

Aetna: “Hair Analysis – Medical Clinical Policy Bulletins.”

British Medical Association: “Paternity Testing.”

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency: “Testing for Impairing Substances in Health Care Professionals.”

The American Journal of Human Genetics: “Noninvasive Test for Fragile X Syndrome, Using Hair Root Analysis.”

Quest Diagnostics: “Frequently Asked Questions: Hair Testing. (March 2011.)”

Wellmont Health System: “Drug Tests: Don’t Fall Victim to a False Positive.”

Journal of Cosmetic Science: “Analysis of DNA in Hair Fibers.”

International Journal of Toxicology: “Hair as a biological indicator of drug use, drug abuse, or chronic exposure to environmental toxicants.”

International Journal of Trichology: “Hair Evaluation Methods: Merits and Demerits.”

Journal of Medical Genetics: “Predictive testing for cognitive functioning in female carriers of Fragile X syndrome using hair root analysis.”

Federal Bureau of Investigation: “Forensic Science Communications: Part 1: Hair Evidence.”

Society of Hair Testing: “Society of Hair Testing guidelines for drug testing in hair,” “Statement of the Society of Hair Testing concerning the examination of drugs in human hair.”

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry: “Hair Analysis Panel Discussion: Executive Summary.”

YourGenome.org: “What is DNA?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

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