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


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.

Hereditary Colon Cancer Among Young People

August 3, 2015

A study has found that one-third of colorectal cancers diagnosed in people age 35 or younger are hereditary. Hereditary colorectal cancers are relatively rare for most patients, making this a surprising finding.

Lab Tests Online is a Top 100 Health Site

August 3, 2015

AACC's Lab Tests Online has ranked among the top 100 health sites on the web by Alexa, a company that provides data on web traffic. 

ACMG Recommendations on Genetic Testing

July 20, 2015

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) has released recommendations on genetic testing, aiming to encourage discussions between healthcare providers and patients about appropriate testing. It has made five evidence-based recommendations as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign.

Make Your Blood Count - AACC's Universal Sample Bank

July 17, 2015

Thousands of attendees at AACC’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta will take part in a unique blood drive that aims to establish a 99th percentile range for a key biomarker in diagnosing heart disease, cardiac troponin.

AACC Receives Top ASAE Honors for Lab Tests Online

July 13, 2015

AACC's Lab Tests Online has been honored with a 2015 ASAE Power of A Gold Award. The Power of A Awards reward outstanding accomplishment of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation, and make a better world.

CDC Releases 2016 Yellow Book

July 13, 2015

The CDC has published the 2016 edition of the Yellow Book, the CDC Health Information for International Travel. It is published every two years primarily for health professionals to use as a reference when advising international travelers about health risks, although it can also be useful for anyone interested in health concerns related to international travel. 

Guidance on Maternal Cell-Free DNA Testing

July 6, 2015

Two medical groups, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, recently updated their guidance on screening for fetal aneuploidy such as trisomies 21 (Down syndrome), 18 (Edwards syndrome), and 13 (Patau syndrome), using maternal cell-free DNA tests.

Possible Blood Test for Early Pancreatic Cancer

July 2, 2015

Scientists have found that a protein encoded by the gene glypican-1 (GPC1) that is present on cancer exosomes could be useful as part of a potential non-invasive diagnostic and screening tool to detect early pancreatic cancer.

National HIV Testing Day

June 26, 2015

National HIV Testing Day is June 27 and serves as a reminder to get the facts, get tested, and get involved to take care of yourself and your partners.

Alzheimer Disease Biomarker Research

June 23, 2015

Findings from a study aimed at identifying potential biomarkers for Alzheimer disease indicate that lower levels of the blood protein MAPKAPK5 were found in people whose cognitive ability declined significantly over 10 years.

Improving Patient Outcomes by Personalizing Medical Care

June 23, 2015

AACC has released a position statement endorsing efforts to improve patient outcomes by personalizing medical care, emphasizing the role of innovative lab tests that can help identify which therapies patients will respond to best. 

Health Advisory on MERS-CoV

June 15, 2015

The CDC has issued a health advisory on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), detailing criteria for which patients should be evaluated for the infection. 

New STD Treatment Guidelines

June 15, 2015

The CDC has published new guidelines for the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, updating its 2010 guidelines.  

DNA Test Can Tell Person's Lifetime Viral History

June 8, 2015

Researchers have developed a blood test that can determine what viruses a person had over the course of their life. 

Potential Added Value of Maternal Cell-Free DNA Testing

June 8, 2015

Findings from a study of pregnant women indicates potential role of maternal plasma cell-free DNA testing to detect asymptomatic cancers.

1 in 3 Have Metabolic Syndrome

June 3, 2015

According to a recent research letter, roughly one-third of adults in the U.S. have metabolic syndrome and almost half of Americans aged 60 and older have the condition, which is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular problems.

Gene Panel Tests for Prediction of Breast Cancer Risk

June 3, 2015

Researchers caution against use of gene panel testing for predicting someone's risk of breast cancer.