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Collecting Smaller Blood Samples for Testing May Benefit Patients but Pose Challenges for Labs

June 17, 2016

microcollection tubesThe amount of blood drawn for laboratory tests has been shown to have a direct relationship to patients' ill health. While collecting the very minimal amount of blood required for testing reduces risks, smaller blood volumes present several challenges for clinical laboratories. Photo source: Khushbu Patel, PhD

CDC: Urine Drug Testing Can Improve Patient Safety When Opioids Prescribed for Chronic Pain

May 19, 2016

The CDC has released new guidelines in response toCDCurinedrugtesting the dramatic rise in prescription opioids overdoses in the last few years. Urine drug testing is recommended to help determine whether patients are taking opioids as prescribed or taking other drugs that might increase their risk of an overdose.

Cardiology Groups Release New Guidelines on Non-Statin Drugs to Lower Cholesterol

May 4, 2016

Picture of a pill in a patient's handThe American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association recommend that adults taking statins have regular cholesterol checks. For those whose blood cholesterol level is not adequately lowered, non-statin drugs may be considered.

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