Site news and LTO Stat stories from the last three years.


World Thyroid Day

May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016 is World Thyroid Day, established in 2008 during the congress of the European Thyroid Association (ETA) to help increase awareness of thyroid health and promote education on the prevention and treatment of thyroid diseases.

Newborn Screening for Niemann-Pick Disease Type C

May 18, 2016

Researchers have developed a mass spectrometry-based screening test for the cholesterol storage disorder called Niemann-Pick disease type C in newborns that is ready for pilot testing in newborn screening programs.

May is Older Americans Month

May 12, 2016

May is Older Americans Month. Learn about laboratory screening tests important for for older adults.

Hepatitis Testing Day 2016

May 9, 2016

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19 is Hepatitis Testing Day. Learn who should be tested for viral hepatitis.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May 6, 2016

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and aims to promote preventive measures that can be taken against Lyme disease.

Melanoma Monday 2016

May 2, 2016

Melanoma Monday is Monday, May 2, 2016, part of National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, to raise awareness about melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

World Laboratory Day 2016

April 23, 2016

World Laboratory Day is April 23, 2016.

On the Horizon: Possible Urine Test for Early Alzheimer Disease

April 19, 2016

A study in mice has found that it may be possible to detect the early stages of Alzheimer's disease from the odor of urine, raising hope for a non-invasive urine test for the disease in the future.

April is Endocrinology Month

April 11, 2016

April is Endocrinology Month and raises awareness of hormone-related conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, infertility, breast cancer and more.

April is STD Awareness Month

April 11, 2016

April is STD Awareness Month.

World Health Day 2016

April 7, 2016

World Health Day is April 7, the birthday of the World Health Organization (WHO), and this year's theme is diabetes.

On the Horizon: Blood Test May Detect Concussions

April 1, 2016

Study findings support the potential for a simple blood test for certain protein biomarkers to one day be able to be used to detect concussions.

CDC Offers New Zika Guidance for Family Planning

March 28, 2016

Women infected with the Zika virus should wait at least 8 weeks after symptom onset before trying to get pregnant. 

World TB Day 2016

March 24, 2016

March 24 is World TB Day.

March is National Kidney Month

March 21, 2016

March is National Kidney Month.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 16, 2016

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

National MS Education and Awareness Month

March 14, 2016

March is National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education and Awareness Month.

Study Finds Possible Link Between Low Vitamin D in Pregnancy and Risk of MS in Offspring

March 11, 2016

A study has found that markedly deficient vitamin D levels during pregnancy are associated with increased risk for multiple sclerosis in offspring.

Joint Committee Issues Opinion on Appropriate Use of Cell-free DNA Testing for Birth Defects

March 7, 2016

A joint committee of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) has issued an opinion statement on the use of cell-free DNA testing to detect certain birth defects, saying that the test should be used only for screening, not as a substitute for a validated diagnostic test.

Survey Finds Direct-to-Consumer Gene Test Results Often Not Shared with Healthcare Practitioners

March 4, 2016

A survey has found that 6 months following having direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing performed, only 27% of patients had shared their results with their primary care doctor.

Diabetes Care Recommendations

March 2, 2016

The American Diabetes Association has published its 2016 "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes." It focuses on eight areas relevant to primary care: diagnosis, glycemic targets, medical management, hypoglycemia, cardiovascular risk factor management, microvascular disease screening and management, and inpatient diabetes management.

STDs and Young Adults

February 29, 2016

From 2013 to 2014 alone, rates for chlamydia, for primary and secondary syphilis, and for gonorrhea have risen by 2.8%, 15.1%, and 5.8%, respectively.

Decline in HPV Prevalence Among Young Women

February 24, 2016

Study finds marked decline in prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) among girls and young women six years after introduction of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine (4vHPV).

Salmonella Outbreak Attributed to Alfalfa Sprouts

February 24, 2016

A multistate outbreak of salmonella that has made 13 people sick in 4 states may be due to alfalfa sprouts.

FDA Releases Guidance on Zika Virus for Blood Collection Institutions

February 17, 2016

The FDA has released a guidance for blood collection institutions on Zika virus that includes two sets of recommendations: one for areas without active transmission of the virus and one for areas with active transmission of Zika virus.

National Donor Day

February 14, 2016

National Donor Day is February 14 and is focused on 5 points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood.

Researchers Study Saliva Gland Biopsy to Diagnose Parkinson's Disease

February 8, 2016

A study finds that submandibular gland biopsy may help provide early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. 

World Cancer Day

February 4, 2016

World Cancer Day was chartered to promote the research for curing as well as preventing the disease.

American Heart Month

February 1, 2016

Every year, 1 in 4 deaths among men and women in the United States are caused by heart disease.

Gene signature of uterus tied to IVF failure

January 25, 2016

HIV Diagnoses Decline 19 Percent

January 19, 2016

Decline in HIV diagnoses over past decade.

Zika Virus Could Spread

January 19, 2016

Zika virus could spread rapidly in the Americas. Travel warning issued for pregnant women.

Blood Test for Early-Stage Cancers in Development

January 11, 2016

A new company has been launched with plans to develop a blood test that can detect early-stage cancers in people without symptoms using DNA sequencing. 

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

January 4, 2016

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and provides an opportunity to raise awareness about what women can do to protect themselves against HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer, including screening and HPV vaccination.

UK Trial Suggests Ovarian Cancer Screening Might Reduce Deaths

December 21, 2015

Findings from a large UK study suggest that annual screening for ovarian cancer involving the CA-125 test may reduce cancer-related deaths.

Researchers Develop Test to Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis Years in Advance

December 16, 2015

Researchers have developed a new blood test that can help predict a person's chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) up to 16 years before its onset by testing for antibodies targeting citrullinated tenascin-C (cTNC).

Task Force Issues Draft Recommendations on Syphilis Screening for Those at High Risk

December 16, 2015

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued draft recommendations for screening individuals at increased risk for syphilis infection. 

Outbreak of Dengue Fever in Hawaii

December 10, 2015

An outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, has been confirmed on Hawaii Island (the Big Island).

Cases of "Phantom Menace" CRE Bacteria Increasing in US

December 7, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that cases of a superbug called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are increasing in the U.S., raising concern about its antibiotic resistance.

National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 6, 2015

National Influenza Vaccination Week highlights the importance of flu vaccines and is being observed December 6-12, 2015.

World Health Organization Issues New Recommendations on HIV Treatment, Linkage to Care, Retention

December 3, 2015

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new recommendations on how to promote linkage to and retention in care as part of its new HIV treatment guidelines.

Potential New Blood Test for Detecting Aggressive Prostate Cancer

December 2, 2015

Researchers have published findings from a study of a potential new test for prostate cancer screening that they say is better at detecting aggressive prostate cancer than measuring prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

World AIDS Day 2015

December 1, 2015

December 1 is World AIDS Day and is aimed at raising awareness about HIV infection and AIDS.

Blood Test for Ovarian Cancer

November 30, 2015

Researchers have figured out a way to diagnose ovarian cancer when it is at its early stage.

CDC Reports "Alarming" Increase in STDs

November 19, 2015

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published data from 2014 that show an "alarming" increase in reported cases of three national notifiable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), specifically chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. 

Universal Children's Day

November 19, 2015

AACC’s supports the mission to encourage children to “survive and thrive” with information on country-specific health screening.

Researchers Find Prognostic Index May Help Determine Risk of Testicular Cancer Recurrence and Help Guide Treatment Decisions

November 18, 2015

Scientists have developed a new test, a prognostic index, to identify patients at risk of relapse from testicular cancer, which could be used to make decisions about which men should be given chemotherapy.

On the Horizon: Blood Test to Detect Concussions in Children

November 16, 2015

A study of children with head injuries found that a blood test measuring levels of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) may be useful to detect concussions.

Sample Lab Reports Help Explain What, Where, How Information Is Reported

November 16, 2015

Different laboratories generate reports that can vary greatly in appearance and in the order and kind of information included. Lab Tests Online has developed three sample reports (a cumulative report as well as one for the complete blood count (CBC) and one for urinalysis) to explain what and where certain information can usually be found on a lab report.

New Article on Patient Blood Management

November 11, 2015

Patient Blood Management (PBM) is an evidence-based approach used by clinicians to optimize a patient's current medical condition in order to ensure successful recovery. Its main focus is on preventing anemia and/or blood loss and uses different medical and surgical techniques to avoid the use of blood transfusions if possible.