Site news and LTO Stat stories from the last three years.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed reference materials that labs can use to help ensure the accuracy of the genetic tests they perform. The new DNA standard can help labs determine if equipment and software being used are correctly analyzing a patient's genome through comparison of the lab's results with the standard. It is hoped that this will reduce errors that can lead to misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatments.
According to WhatHealth.com, May is the month for awareness of such diseases as ALS, MS, Lyme disease, arthritis, asthma/allergies, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, hepatitis, Huntington's disease, osteoporosis, lupus, stroke, and others.
One of the biggest difficulties faced by worldwide programs aimed at eliminating malaria is that the tests they use are not sensitive enough to detect all people who have the disease and need treatment. A study in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, shows that a new test known as capture and ligation probe-PCR (CLIP-PCR) could diagnose the malaria cases that would typically escape detection and lead to new infections.
Analysis of data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey has found that rates of screening for several cancers recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force are below target. This includes colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released best practice advice regarding screening for cervical cancer among women of average risk who have no symptoms and are 21 years of age or older.
The relationship between healthcare providers and patients is undergoing a change as the use of electronic means of learning and communicating increases.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 3 U.S. adults, or 67 million people, have high blood pressure (hypertension). Because you can have high blood pressure and not know it, it is often called the silent killer. This is why it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. And the CDC is encouraging everyone to make a special effort to do so this month since May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month.
May 5, 2015 is World Asthma Day. This is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
Unlike a traditional cancer biopsy, in which a a piece of a patient's tumor is surgically removed, researchers are now testing an innovation they are calling a liquid biopsy. It is a blood test that can detect tiny snippets of cancer DNA in a patient’s blood sample and that may aid in treatment decisions.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force again recommends that women 50-74 years of age have a mammogram every 2 years to screen for breast cancer.
Researchers at Michigan State University are using grant money to develop a rapid, cellphone-based test to diagnose malaria.
The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in late December is nearing an end.
Help us celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19-25.
The USPSTF has found that screening for type 2 diabetes does not seem to reduce the risk of mortality, although treating adults with impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose may have other benefits.
This new law, "Laboratory Testing Without Order," expands patient access to personal health information by allowing individuals to order any clinical laboratory test without a physician's written authorization.
Lab Tests Online-UK celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Liverpool at Euro Lab Focus in October.
Lab Tests Online executive editor Dr. Bob Dufour was presented with an award at the IFCC Congress in Istanbul, Turkey in recognition of his contributions to the worldwide promotion and understanding of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.
Lab Tests Online has developed a new article on anatomic pathology, the branch of medicine that studies the effect of disease on the structure of body organs, both as a whole and microscopically, and how it is different than clinical pathology (laboratory medicine).
Lab Tests Online, the world’s leading website for patient health literacy on laboratory testing, is pleased to announce that it has reached a major milestone—serving its 150 millionth visitor.
AACC and its UK partner, the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, launched a free mobile app version of the Lab Tests Online-UK website.
D. Robert Dufour, MD, has received AACC's award for Outstanding Contributions through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry
AACC and EDMA welcome Lab Tests Online-RO, the Romanian version of the award-winning website, to the global network of Lab Tests Online sites.
Lab Tests Online, a project of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, has been named one of the “100 Best Nursing Websites” by NursingbyNurses.com.
Lab Tests Online was recently recognized with an Award of Distinction in the 18th Annual Communicator Awards.
Lab Tests Online-KR, the South Korean version of the award-winning patient education website, launched today in Seoul.