Site news and LTO Stat stories from the last three years.
Analysis of data from 53 studies shows that prediabetes, defined as impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose, or increased HbA1c, is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), even at levels as low as 100 mg/dL for fasting glucose or 5.7% for hemoglobin A1c.
World AIDS Day is December 1, 2016 and aims to raise awareness about the disease and show support for people living with HIV infection.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of cases of mumps seen this year is nearly three times the number seen last year, with many of the outbreaks occurring at universities.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published recommendations on the use of statins for adults aged 40 to 75 who do not have cardiovascular disease (CVD) but who have at least one CVD risk factor and a 10-year CVD risk of 10% or higher.
This year, International Pathology Day will be celebrated on November 16 to highlight the contribution of pathology to global healthcare.
According to the CDC's Vital Signs report, use of tobacco is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths, with 3 out of 10 cancer deaths caused by cigarette smoking.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released a new tool, called the Million Hearts Longitudinal ASCVD Risk Assessment Tool, for predicting 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease among high-risk black and non-Hispanic white Medicare beneficiaries.
The rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were the highest on record in 2015.
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 is Health Literacy Month and the theme this year is "Be a Health Literacy Hero" and find ways to improve health communication.
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.
The FDA has issued a warning against the use of ovarian cancer screening tests since none have been approved.
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its guidelines on screening asymptomatic adults at increased risk for latent tuberculosis (TB).
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.
September is Sepsis Awareness Month and September 13, 2016 is World Sepsis Day.
CDC calls sepsis a medical emergency and encourages prompt action for prevention, early recognition.
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.