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


USPSTF Drafts New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening

September 18, 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has drafted new guidelines that call for women ages 30 to 65 to have cervical cancer screening with either Pap test alone every 3 years or high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) testing alone every 5 years.

Analysis Finds Newer Rapid Flu Tests Better than Traditional Ones

September 8, 2017

Researchers have found, based on a meta-analysis of data, that newer rapid diagnostic tests for influenza are more sensitive than traditional rapid flu tests.

September is World Alzheimer's Month

September 1, 2017

September 2017 marks the 6th World Alzheimer's Month. This year's theme is 'Remember me' to highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia.

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Guidelines on High Blood Pressure in Children

August 28, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued new guidelines on the evaluation, diagnosis, and initial management of high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

WHO Says Polio Is Still Global Public Health Emergency

August 21, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that polio remains an international public health emergency.

Opioid Crisis Declared a National Emergency

August 14, 2017

President Trump has declared the opioid crisis in the U.S. a national emergency.

New DNA Blood Test Can Screen for Rare Sinus Cancer

August 10, 2017

Researchers report a new DNA blood test can catch a rare but deadly form of cancer in the sinuses.

Study Finds Resistance Exercise Reduces Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

August 8, 2017

A study found that doing resistance exercise was associated with a lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a set of risk factors that increases a person's chance of developing serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Possible Zika Virus Transmission in U.S.

August 1, 2017

The Texas Department of State Health Services says that a resident may have been infected with Zika virus within the state, which would be the first case of locally transmitted Zika in the continental U.S. this year.

World Hepatitis Day

July 24, 2017

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. Learn who should be tested for viral hepatitis.

Updated Guidance on Hormone Therapy in Menopause

July 17, 2017

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has updated its position statement on the use of hormone therapy to manage vasomotor symptoms and genitourinary syndrome of menopause.

July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month

July 11, 2017

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.

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

June 26, 2017

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and this year's federal theme is "Test Your Way. Do It Today".

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017 is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.

CDC Warns About Legionnaires' Disease in Health Care Facilities

June 14, 2017

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a Vital Signs report on Legionnaires' disease in health care facilities.

The FDA and CDC Warn of Possible Inaccurate Blood Lead Tests

May 30, 2017

The FDA and CDC have released a warning that certain tests may inaccurately report low blood lead levels in children and adults and that some people should consider getting retested.

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

May 21, 2017

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Learn the facts about arthritis.

Hepatitis Testing Day 2017

May 15, 2017

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

World Lupus Day 2017

May 8, 2017

May 10, 2017 is World Lupus Day.

Task Force Finalizes Preeclampsia Screening Recommendation

May 1, 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that all women be evaluated for preeclampsia with blood pressure measurements throughout their pregnancy.

World Meningitis Day 2017

April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 is World Meningitis Day.

Draft Recommendation by Task Force Reverses Previous Stance on Prostate Cancer Screening

April 17, 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in a draft recommendation advises that healthcare practitioners discuss the potential harms and benefits of prostate cancer screening with men ages 55 to 69.

Medical Lab Professionals Week 2017

April 10, 2017

This year's annual celebration is being held April 23-29.

World Health Day 2017

April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017 is World Health Day.

March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month

March 27, 2017

March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.

World TB Day 2017

March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017 is World TB Day.

Free Webinar: Complete Blood Count

March 20, 2017

Free virtual webinar for the public to understand the meaning and importance of CBC test (complete blood count). 

Colorectal Cancer Increasing in Young Adults

March 13, 2017

Examination of U.S. cancer registry reveals that cases of colorectal cancer are increasing in young adults.

World Kidney Day 2017

March 6, 2017

March 9, 2017 is World Kidney Day.

Rare Disease Day 2017

February 27, 2017

February 28, 2017 is Rare Disease Day.

Guidelines from the Endocrine Society on Managing Obesity in Children

February 20, 2017

The Endocrine Society has released updated guidelines for the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of obesity among children.

American Heart Month

February 13, 2017

February is American Heart Month.

Blood Pressure Targets for Older Adults

February 6, 2017

New guideline released with blood pressure treatment targets for older adults.

World Cancer Day 2017

February 2, 2017

February 4, 2017 is World Cancer Day.

Health Experts Recommend Flu Shot

January 30, 2017

The flu vaccine can help reduce incidence and severity of influenza, according to health experts.

Study Finds Cervical Cancer Mortality Rate Higher Than Previously Thought

January 23, 2017

A new study has found that the mortality rate from cervical cancer is higher than previously thought. 

Rural America and Top 5 Death Causes

January 16, 2017

A new study from the CDC indicates disparities in leading causes of death for rural Americans.

January is Thyroid Awareness Month

January 9, 2017

January is Thyroid Awareness Month.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

January 2, 2017

More than 11,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.

Cardiac Deaths Rise Over Holidays

December 26, 2016

A study shows deaths from heart-related causes rise over holiday season - but not necessarily because of cold weather.

Study Examines Impact of Positive Stool DNA Test on Colonoscopy Results and Performance

December 19, 2016

A study has shown that when colonoscopists knew a patient had a positive stool DNA test, polyp detection was greater and colonoscopy time was longer.

Life Expectancy in U.S. Declines for First Time since 1993

December 12, 2016

For the first time since 1993, life expectancy declined in the U.S., from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.8 years in 2015.

Data Support Lowering Glucose and A1c Cutoffs for Prediabetes

December 5, 2016

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

December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day is December 1, 2016 and aims to raise awareness about the disease and show support for people living with HIV infection.

Increase Seen in Cases of Mumps in the U.S.

November 28, 2016

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.

USPSTF Recommendations on Statins for Adults at Risk for CVD

November 21, 2016

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.

International Pathology Day

November 16, 2016

This year, International Pathology Day will be celebrated on November 16 to highlight the contribution of pathology to global healthcare.

CDC Vital Signs Report on Tobacco Use and Cancer

November 14, 2016

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.

New Tool to Predict Cardiovascular Risk

November 7, 2016

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.

Rates of STDs at Record High in 2015

October 24, 2016

The rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were the highest on record in 2015.