Lab Tests Online-UK

Lab Tests Online-UK is written by practising laboratory doctors and scientists to help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. The about this site page describes how the site can help you. Search under conditions and diseases and find information on laboratory tests used for particular diagnosis and/or management or alternatively, if you know the test name, just search under tests.

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Blood test for unstable chromosomes can help predict the return of lung cancer

8 May 2017

A study of patients who had operations to remove non-small-cell lung cancers was reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine on 26 April 2017. Those patients whose tumours showed a high proportion of unstable chromosomes were found to be four times more likely to have a recurrence within two years. The researchers reported online in Nature on the same day how traces of circulating tumour DNA changed in sequential blood samples taken after operation. Concentrations dropped rapidly following the operation, but then increased in those whose tumour recurred. Concentrations increased up to a year before CT scans showed evidence of recurrence, raising the possibility of using the test to initiate intensive treatment earlier.

Lab Tests Online-UK is recommended in report published by the Nuffield Trust

23 January 2017

Lab Tests Online-UK was recently recommended in a report published on digital technology in the healthcare system by the Nuffield Trust. Entitled “The Digital Patient: Transforming Primary Care?”, the report highlights the current state of digital technology and how new advances within the healthcare setting may help improve the patient experience and other outcomes.

Child-Parent screening for risk of premature coronary heart disease

19 December 2016

Premature coronary heart disease can result from the inheritance of a genetic defect from one parent that raises the blood plasma cholesterol concentration from birth. If the condition familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is detected early, treatment can prevent premature disease. At present all close relatives of an affected individual are offered screening tests. A UK study published in The New England Journal of Medicine on 27 October 2016 found that screening all toddlers during a routine vaccination visit to 92 general practice surgeries identified both children and parents at risk. Of 10,095 one year old children who were tested over three years, 28 (0.3%) were found to have FH; 28 parents also had FH of whom 25 started cholesterol-lowering treatment.

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