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


ASCO Recommendations on Cervical Cancer Screening

October 17, 2016

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has published cervical cancer screening recommendations that outline age ranges and testing frequencies by setting based on a community's available resources.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 10, 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October is Health Literacy Month

October 3, 2016

October is Health Literacy Month and the theme this year is "Be a Health Literacy Hero" and find ways to improve health communication.

UN Makes Declaration to Rid the World of Drug-resistant Infections

September 26, 2016

The United Nations (UN) has made an historic declaration to rid the world of drug-resistant infections in response to concern that treatment-resistant infections pose one of the biggest known threats to mankind.

FDA Warning Against Ovarian Cancer Screens

September 19, 2016

The FDA has issued a warning against the use of ovarian cancer screening tests since none have been approved.  

National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September 19, 2016

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

USPSTF Updates Guidelines on Screening for Latent TB in High-Risk Adults

September 12, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its guidelines on screening asymptomatic adults at increased risk for latent tuberculosis (TB).

Multistate Outbreak of Foodborne Hepatitis A Under Invesigation

September 7, 2016

Investigators from several U.S. states as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are looking into a multistate outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A that may be caused by frozen strawberries imported from Egypt.

Sepsis Awareness Month and World Sepsis Day

September 1, 2016

September is Sepsis Awareness Month and September 13, 2016 is World Sepsis Day.

CDC calls sepsis a medical emergency

August 29, 2016

CDC calls sepsis a medical emergency and encourages prompt action for prevention, early recognition.

Head Injury Screening Tests Approved

August 22, 2016

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.

Genetic Mutations and Cancer Prediction

August 15, 2016

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.

Sickle Cell Trait and Death Risk

August 8, 2016

People who carry a gene for sickle cell disease might not have an elevated mortality risk per new study.

Task Force Recommends Against Routine Screening for Genital Herpes in Draft Statement

August 3, 2016

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).

Zika in the U.S.

July 29, 2016

Officials in Florida have announced the first local spread of the Zika virus through infected mosquitoes in the continental U.S.

Study of Melanoma Tumors Provides Incite into Why Some Cancers Become Resistant to Immunotherapy

July 24, 2016

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.

Study Analyzes Performance of USPSTF Diabetes Screening Guidelines

July 17, 2016

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.

Childhood Obesity

July 11, 2016

Two new studies linked high body mass index to increase in colon cancer and stroke risk.

Gene Test for Alzheimer's Risk

July 7, 2016

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 Awareness Month

July 1, 2016

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 Recommend Universal Hepatitis C Screening

June 27, 2016

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.

Study Advances Personalized Medicine in Area of Mental Health

June 20, 2016

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 Wins a Digital Health Award

June 14, 2016

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. 

Rise in Legionnaires' Outbreaks in the U.S.

June 13, 2016

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.

Study Finds Results of "Liquid Biopsy" Similar to those of Tumor Biopsy

June 6, 2016

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 Disease and Brain Awareness Month

June 1, 2016

June is Alzheimer's and brain awareness month.

Patient Power Becomes Champion Partner of Lab Tests Online

May 26, 2016

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.

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).