Site news and LTO Stat stories from the last three years.
New computer software to assess the brain's function after a traumatic head injury have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Researchers discover that the number of mutations someone has in certain genes helps predict timing of cancer onset and that screening for mutations across many genes could help detect cancers earlier.
People who carry a gene for sickle cell disease might not have an elevated mortality risk per new study.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation statement that says asymptomatic adolescents and adults should not be screened using blood testing for genital herpes simplex virus (HSV).
Officials in Florida have announced the first local spread of the Zika virus through infected mosquitoes in the continental U.S.
A study of tumors biopsied from patients with advanced melanoma provides incite into the mechanisms that may explain why some cancers become resistant to immunotherapy.
Findings from a study of U.S. community health center patients suggest that targeted diabetes screening based on the 2015 updated diabetes screening guidelines of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) may detect only half of those with undiagnosed dysglycemia (abnormal blood glucose levels) and proportionately fewer racial/ethnic minorities than Caucasians.
Two new studies linked high body mass index to increase in colon cancer and stroke risk.
Study says a gene test may one day be able to predict the risk for Alzheimer's disease in young adults.
July is International Group B Strep (GBS) Awareness Month. Group B streptococcus is a common bacterium that colonizes the gastrointestinal tract and genital tract. It can be passed from mother to child before or during delivery. GBS disease remains the primary cause of early-onset sepsis, a serious and life-threatening infection in newborns.
Researchers are recommending universal hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening for all adults based on results from a study of almost 5,000 patients at the Johns Hopkins Hospital emergency department.
Researchers have published findings from a study of a blood test to predict a person's response to certain antidepressants to help determine personalized treatment plans.
Lab Tests Online was announced as a winner of the Spring 2016 Digital Health Awards, an awards program that honors the world's best digital health resources.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Vital Signs report says that the number of people with Legionnaires' disease grew by nearly 4 times from 2000–2014 and is deadly for about 10% of those people who get it but that almost all recent outbreaks were caused by problems preventable with more effective water management.
A study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting has found that genetic mutations detected in blood samples appear to be similar to mutations found in tumor biopsies.
June is Alzheimer's and brain awareness month.
Lab Tests Online has entered a collaboration with Patient Power to educate cancer patients about the clinical laboratory tests that are a critical part of cancer care.
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.
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. Learn about laboratory screening tests important for for older adults.
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 and aims to promote preventive measures that can be taken against Lyme disease.
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 is April 23, 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 and raises awareness of hormone-related conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, infertility, breast cancer and more.
April is STD Awareness Month.
World Health Day is April 7, the birthday of the World Health Organization (WHO), and this year's theme is diabetes.
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.
Women infected with the Zika virus should wait at least 8 weeks after symptom onset before trying to get pregnant.
March 24 is World TB Day.
March is National Kidney Month.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
March is National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education and Awareness Month.
A study has found that markedly deficient vitamin D levels during pregnancy are associated with increased risk for multiple sclerosis in offspring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
A multistate outbreak of salmonella that has made 13 people sick in 4 states may be due to alfalfa sprouts.
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 is February 14 and is focused on 5 points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood.
A study finds that submandibular gland biopsy may help provide early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
World Cancer Day was chartered to promote the research for curing as well as preventing the disease.
Every year, 1 in 4 deaths among men and women in the United States are caused by heart disease.
Decline in HIV diagnoses over past decade.
Zika virus could spread rapidly in the Americas. Travel warning issued for pregnant women.
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.