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


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.

New DNA Standard for Genetic Tests

May 26, 2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed reference materials that labs can use to help ensure the accuracy of the genetic tests they perform. The new DNA standard can help labs determine if equipment and software being used are correctly analyzing a patient's genome through comparison of the lab's results with the standard. It is hoped that this will reduce errors that can lead to misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatments.

Health Awareness in May

May 25, 2015

According to, May is the month for awareness of such diseases as ALS, MS, Lyme disease, arthritis, asthma/allergies, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, hepatitis, Huntington's disease, osteoporosis, lupus, stroke, and others. 

New Test Could Help Eradicate Malaria

May 18, 2015

One of the biggest difficulties faced by worldwide programs aimed at eliminating malaria is that the tests they use are not sensitive enough to detect all people who have the disease and need treatment. A study in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, shows that a new test known as capture and ligation probe-PCR (CLIP-PCR) could diagnose the malaria cases that would typically escape detection and lead to new infections.

Screening Rates Below Target

May 18, 2015

Analysis of data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey has found that rates of screening for several cancers recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force are below target. This includes colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer. 

ACP on Cervical Cancer Screening

May 11, 2015

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released best practice advice regarding screening for cervical cancer among women of average risk who have no symptoms and are 21 years of age or older.

Doc-Patient Relationship Changing

May 4, 2015

The relationship between healthcare providers and patients is undergoing a change as the use of electronic means of learning and communicating increases.

High Blood Pressure Education Month

May 4, 2015

According to the CDC, about 1 in 3 U.S. adults, or 67 million people, have high blood pressure (hypertension). Because you can have high blood pressure and not know it, it is often called the silent killer. This is why it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. And the CDC is encouraging everyone to make a special effort to do so this month since May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month.

World Asthma Day

May 4, 2015

May 5, 2015 is World Asthma Day. This is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

Liquid Biopsy for Cancer DNA

April 27, 2015

Unlike a traditional cancer biopsy, in which a a piece of a patient's tumor is surgically removed, researchers are now testing an innovation they are calling a liquid biopsy. It is a blood test that can detect tiny snippets of cancer DNA in a patient’s blood sample and that may aid in treatment decisions.

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

April 23, 2015

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force again recommends that women 50-74 years of age have a mammogram every 2 years to screen for breast cancer.

Cellphone-based Malaria Test

April 22, 2015

Researchers at Michigan State University are using grant money to develop a rapid, cellphone-based test to diagnose malaria.

Measles Outbreak Nearing End

April 21, 2015

The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in late December is nearing an end.

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

April 19, 2015

Help us celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19-25. 

USPSTF: Type 2 diabetes screening does not reduce mortality risk

April 14, 2015

The USPSTF has found that screening for type 2 diabetes does not seem to reduce the risk of mortality, although treating adults with impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose may have other benefits.

New Arizona law allows patients to order lab tests

April 6, 2015

This new law, "Laboratory Testing Without Order," expands patient access to personal health information by allowing individuals to order any clinical laboratory test without a physician's written authorization.

Lab Tests Online-UK Celebrates 10 Years

November 3, 2014

Lab Tests Online-UK celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Liverpool at Euro Lab Focus in October.

Executive Editor Receives a 2014 IFCC Award

August 12, 2014

Lab Tests Online executive editor Dr. Bob Dufour was presented with an award at the IFCC Congress in Istanbul, Turkey in recognition of his contributions to the worldwide promotion and understanding of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.

New Feature Article on Anatomic Pathology

August 12, 2014

Lab Tests Online has developed a new article on anatomic pathology, the branch of medicine that studies the effect of disease on the structure of body organs, both as a whole and microscopically, and how it is different than clinical pathology (laboratory medicine).

Lab Tests Online Hosts Its 150 Millionth Visitor, Continues to Expand Global Presence

July 30, 2013

Lab Tests Online, the world’s leading website for patient health literacy on laboratory testing, is pleased to announce that it has reached a major milestone—serving its 150 millionth visitor.

Lab Tests Online-UK App Launched

June 17, 2013

AACC and its UK partner, the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, launched a free mobile app version of the Lab Tests Online-UK website.

Executive Editor Receives AACC Service Award

February 15, 2013

D. Robert Dufour, MD, has received AACC's award for Outstanding Contributions through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry

Lab Tests Online Launches in Romania

November 1, 2012

AACC and EDMA welcome Lab Tests Online-RO, the Romanian version of the award-winning website, to the global network of Lab Tests Online sites.

Nurses Cite Lab Tests Online in Top 100

October 18, 2012

Lab Tests Online, a project of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, has been named one of the “100 Best Nursing Websites” by

Lab Tests Online Honored with 2012 Communicator Award

July 10, 2012

Lab Tests Online was recently recognized with an Award of Distinction in the 18th Annual Communicator Awards.

South Korea Joins Global Lab Tests Online Network

July 3, 2012

Lab Tests Online-KR, the South Korean version of the award-winning patient education website, launched today in Seoul.