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


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.

Foodborne Outbreaks Up Significantly in US

November 9, 2015

Major outbreaks of foodborne illness, caused by such pathogens as salmonella, E. coli, and listeria, are on the rise in the U.S.

ADA Raises Awareness with American Diabetes Month®

November 3, 2015

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) raises awareness about diabetes through American Diabetes Month® (ADM) each November.

Task Force Recommends Diabetes Screening for Adults at High Risk

October 28, 2015

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its 2008 type 2 diabetes screening guidelines and now recommends blood glucose testing every 3 years as part of cardiovascular risk assessment for asymptomatic adults 40 to 70 years of age who are overweight or obese.

ACS Revises Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

October 21, 2015

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has revised its guidelines for breast cancer screening, including the age at which women should start having mammograms as well as the frequency of those mammograms, and no longer recommends routine clinical breast exams for women at average risk. 

Gene-activity Test Helps Determine Likely Response to Hormone Therapy Treatment for Breast Cancer

October 19, 2015

Study finds that gene-activity test can accurately identify women whose breast cancers are likely enough to respond to hormone-blocking drugs that adding chemotherapy treatment would do little if any good while exposing them to side effects and other health risks.

Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines

October 16, 2015

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft statement that continues to recommend colorectal cancer screening for adults 50 to 75 years of age.

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella

October 12, 2015

Since the last update on September 29, 2015, 61 more ill people have been reported from 24 states.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 5, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Clinical Laboratories and the Future of Antimicrobials

October 5, 2015

By using the latest diagnostic tests, clinical laboratory professionals help healthcare providers to determine appropriate antibiotic use.

WHO Recommends Antiretroviral Therapy Begin As Soon As Possible Following HIV Diagnosis

October 1, 2015

Updated recommendations by the World Health Organization call for antiretroviral therapy to start in all people with HIV as soon as possible following diagnosis with the virus and for preventive antiretroviral treatment to be offered to those at "substantial" risk of HIV.

Medical labs can help prevent diagnostic errors

September 28, 2015

AACC president David Koch's letter to the editor appears in the September 28 issue of the Washington Post about the role medical labs can have in helping to prevent diagnostic errors.

Recommendations on Early Counseling for Women with Genetic Conditions

September 28, 2015

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released new recommendations that women with or at risk for certain genetic conditions begin counseling before becoming pregnant, from a variety of healthcare professionals.

AACC Response: IOM Diagnostic Error Report

September 22, 2015

The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) released a comprehensive report on patient harm caused by diagnostic error that outlines the scope of this serious issue as well as potential solutions. AACC strongly supports the report's findings that cohesive communication between all members of the healthcare team could help reduce these errors—a goal to which AACC and its members, laboratory medicine professionals, have long been committed.

Use of Copper in Infection Fighting

September 21, 2015

Hospitals and other facilities, such as airports, are looking at the use of copper components on high-touch surfaces to help reduce the spread of infection. Copper can kill pathogens such as bacteria and other microbes and its use on light switches, door handles, call buttons, and IV poles, for example, may help cut the rate of hospital-acquired infections. 

Study Finds Intensive Blood Pressure Management Reduces Rate of CVD and Risk of Death

September 16, 2015

A study has found that more intensive management of high blood pressure that involves reducing systolic blood pressure to below currently recommended targets can significantly reduce the rate of cardiovascular disease and lower the risk of death.

New Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of Lynch Syndrome

September 14, 2015

New guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute provide recommendations on the diagnosis and management of Lynch syndrome. Previously called hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer syndrome, Lynch syndrome is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer as well as other types of cancer.

Study Finds Two Tests Helpful in Diagnosis of Complex Autism

September 14, 2015

Two molecular tests were found to be especially effective in the diagnosis of complex autism, a severe form of the condition, based on findings from a recent, small cohort study in Canada.

"Heart Age" As a Way of Understanding Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

September 3, 2015

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that most U.S. adults have a heart age older than their actual age, placing them at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

ASCO Policy Statement Update on Genetic Testing

September 3, 2015

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has updated its recommendations on when genetic tests for cancer susceptibility should be ordered and how to interpret them in light of new and emerging technologies in cancer genetics.

Data Indicate Long Work Hours May Raise Risk of Stroke

August 30, 2015

Researchers analyzed data from over 600,000 people and found that those who worked 55 or more hours per week had a 33% higher risk of stroke compared with those who worked 35-40 hours a week.

New Company Aims to Create Hub for Genetic Services

August 28, 2015

A new company, Helix, recently launched with the goal of becoming a hub for genetic services that could prompt people to start looking at how genetic information could transform their day-to-day life.

Cortisol Levels and Brain Volume

August 24, 2015

Findings from a study of over 4,000 older adults who do not have dementia suggest that evening and morning cortisol levels may be differentially associated with brain volume reductions in gray and white matter as well as cognitive functioning.

Serology Testing for Celiac Disease

August 24, 2015

Review says immunoglobulin A tissue transglutaminase (IgA-based TTG) remains the best diagnostic blood test for detecting celiac disease in people, especially those who still consume gluten, although it does have some limitations.

Google Working on Glucose Monitoring Device

August 17, 2015

Google to help develop wearable glucose monitoring device the size of a bandaid.

Troponin T Study

August 17, 2015

Troponin and cardiac events in stable ischemic heart disease: Elevation in cardiac troponin T may be linked to higher CVD risk.

New Genetic Test May Guide Better anti-HER2 Treatment Selection

August 10, 2015

New genetic test may guide better anti-HER2 treatment selection.

New York City Legionnaires' Outbreak

August 6, 2015

The death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City is now at eight, according to an update from city health officials Wednesday.