Site news and LTO Stat stories from the last three years.
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.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
March is National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education and Awareness Month.
A study has found that markedly deficient vitamin D levels during pregnancy are associated with increased risk for multiple sclerosis in offspring.
A joint committee of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) has issued an opinion statement on the use of cell-free DNA testing to detect certain birth defects, saying that the test should be used only for screening, not as a substitute for a validated diagnostic test.
A survey has found that 6 months following having direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing performed, only 27% of patients had shared their results with their primary care doctor.
The American Diabetes Association has published its 2016 "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes." It focuses on eight areas relevant to primary care: diagnosis, glycemic targets, medical management, hypoglycemia, cardiovascular risk factor management, microvascular disease screening and management, and inpatient diabetes management.
From 2013 to 2014 alone, rates for chlamydia, for primary and secondary syphilis, and for gonorrhea have risen by 2.8%, 15.1%, and 5.8%, respectively.
Study finds marked decline in prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) among girls and young women six years after introduction of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine (4vHPV).
A multistate outbreak of salmonella that has made 13 people sick in 4 states may be due to alfalfa sprouts.
The FDA has released a guidance for blood collection institutions on Zika virus that includes two sets of recommendations: one for areas without active transmission of the virus and one for areas with active transmission of Zika virus.
National Donor Day is February 14 and is focused on 5 points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood.
A study finds that submandibular gland biopsy may help provide early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
World Cancer Day was chartered to promote the research for curing as well as preventing the disease.
Every year, 1 in 4 deaths among men and women in the United States are caused by heart disease.
Decline in HIV diagnoses over past decade.
Zika virus could spread rapidly in the Americas. Travel warning issued for pregnant women.
A new company has been launched with plans to develop a blood test that can detect early-stage cancers in people without symptoms using DNA sequencing.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and provides an opportunity to raise awareness about what women can do to protect themselves against HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer, including screening and HPV vaccination.
Findings from a large UK study suggest that annual screening for ovarian cancer involving the CA-125 test may reduce cancer-related deaths.
Researchers have developed a new blood test that can help predict a person's chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) up to 16 years before its onset by testing for antibodies targeting citrullinated tenascin-C (cTNC).
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued draft recommendations for screening individuals at increased risk for syphilis infection.
An outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, has been confirmed on Hawaii Island (the Big Island).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that cases of a superbug called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are increasing in the U.S., raising concern about its antibiotic resistance.
National Influenza Vaccination Week highlights the importance of flu vaccines and is being observed December 6-12, 2015.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new recommendations on how to promote linkage to and retention in care as part of its new HIV treatment guidelines.
Researchers have published findings from a study of a potential new test for prostate cancer screening that they say is better at detecting aggressive prostate cancer than measuring prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
December 1 is World AIDS Day and is aimed at raising awareness about HIV infection and AIDS.
Researchers have figured out a way to diagnose ovarian cancer when it is at its early stage.
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.
AACC’s labtestsonline.org 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
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.
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.
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.
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.