Editor's Pick

Top picks of interest that have been shared over the past year

Media Picks
Sickle Cell Day

Sickle Cell - A Patient's Journey  - Learn more


Source: American Society of Hematology

National Blood Donor Month

June is National Blood Donor Month. Find out more on LTO's Health Awareness Page.

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Not to be Missed
LTO On the Move: IWMF Patient Education Forum Exhibit

LTO was invited to participate in IWMF's Patient Education ForumExhibiting at IWMF. The patient education forum included sessions on Understanding Your Blood Test Results, Current Treatment Options, Nutrition & Cancer Myths, Caregiver Tips and more. Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM) is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Patients and caregivers rely heavily on blood tests to monitor this disease and manage treatment. LTO provided resource materials to help Waldenstrom patients and their caregivers navigate the testing process and better understand test results.

View Free Patients Rising Seminars

Patients Rising University (PRU) is a free online educational program developed to help patients and caregivers build self-advocacy skills, learn about their conditions, navigate healthcare coverage, and ultimately get access to the best care and treatment possible.

PRU will be producing several webinars a year on themes like: Managing your Chronic Illness, Controlling the Costs of Care, Participation in Clinical Trials, and Understanding Biosimilars. Learn more.

Patients Rising University
Peer-reviewed Articles
Scleroderma - What is it ?

Scleroderma is a complex, multisystem disease that often progressively affects the skin, blood vessels, lungs, digestive tract, kidneys, heart, muscles and bones. Scleroderma is inflammatory and has an autoimmune component. It has been associated with exposure to a variety of chemical agents, but the exact cause is not yet known.

Image credit: Leith C Jones at English Wikipedia. Image of a type of Scleroderma.

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ANCA - When to Get Tested?

Used when you have symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, and weight loss or impaired kidney or lung function that your healthcare practitioner thinks may be due to a vascular autoimmune disorder  To help distinguish between Crohn disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), the two most common types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); as an adjunct to other IBD testing. Learn more.

Image credit: CDC, Public Domain

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People's Picks - Top Ranked Articles

Here are the Top Read Lab Tests Online articles:Top 5 2018

1. Test - Urinalysis

2. Condition - Autoimmune Disease

3. Glossary - Polycythemia

4. Feature - Reference Ranges and What They Mean

5. News - FDA Warns Biotin May Affect Some Blood Work