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


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.

ASCO Recommendations on Cervical Cancer Screening

October 17, 2016

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 10, 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October is Health Literacy Month

October 3, 2016

October is Health Literacy Month and the theme this year is "Be a Health Literacy Hero" and find ways to improve health communication.

UN Makes Declaration to Rid the World of Drug-resistant Infections

September 26, 2016

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.

FDA Warning Against Ovarian Cancer Screens

September 19, 2016

The FDA has issued a warning against the use of ovarian cancer screening tests since none have been approved.  

National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September 19, 2016

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

USPSTF Updates Guidelines on Screening for Latent TB in High-Risk Adults

September 12, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its guidelines on screening asymptomatic adults at increased risk for latent tuberculosis (TB).

Multistate Outbreak of Foodborne Hepatitis A Under Invesigation

September 7, 2016

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.

Sepsis Awareness Month and World Sepsis Day

September 1, 2016

September is Sepsis Awareness Month and September 13, 2016 is World Sepsis Day.

CDC calls sepsis a medical emergency

August 29, 2016

CDC calls sepsis a medical emergency and encourages prompt action for prevention, early recognition.

Head Injury Screening Tests Approved

August 22, 2016

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.

Genetic Mutations and Cancer Prediction

August 15, 2016

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.

Sickle Cell Trait and Death Risk

August 8, 2016

People who carry a gene for sickle cell disease might not have an elevated mortality risk per new study.

Task Force Recommends Against Routine Screening for Genital Herpes in Draft Statement

August 3, 2016

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).

Zika in the U.S.

July 29, 2016

Officials in Florida have announced the first local spread of the Zika virus through infected mosquitoes in the continental U.S.

Study of Melanoma Tumors Provides Incite into Why Some Cancers Become Resistant to Immunotherapy

July 24, 2016

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.

Study Analyzes Performance of USPSTF Diabetes Screening Guidelines

July 17, 2016

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.

Childhood Obesity

July 11, 2016

Two new studies linked high body mass index to increase in colon cancer and stroke risk.

Gene Test for Alzheimer's Risk

July 7, 2016

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 Awareness Month

July 1, 2016

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 Recommend Universal Hepatitis C Screening

June 27, 2016

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.

Study Advances Personalized Medicine in Area of Mental Health

June 20, 2016

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 Wins a Digital Health Award

June 14, 2016

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. 

Rise in Legionnaires' Outbreaks in the U.S.

June 13, 2016

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.