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Included below are news items from the last six months.


Rapid blood test on arrival in hospital may help rule out heart attack

29 October 2015

Researchers carried out high-sensitivity cardiac troponin blood tests on 4,870 patients arriving as emergencies at four Scottish hospitals with a suspected heart attack. Their retrospective analysis of the results was reported online in The Lancet on 8 October 2015. In the 3,799 patients who had no electrocardiogram (ECG) evidence of a heart attack and a normal troponin test result on admission, the researchers identified a specific troponin concentration within the normal reference range, below which 99.6% of the patients were not subsequently diagnosed with a heart attack and had therefore been eligible for early discharge. It is hoped that using this approach will substantially reduce hospital admissions and have major benefits for both patients and health-care providers.

Lab Tests Online received ‘Power of A’ Gold Award

20 July 2015

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organisation dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce that it has been honoured with a 2015 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for Lab Tests Online.

Symptom-based guidance for cancer diagnosis may save thousands of lives

7 July 2015

The earlier cancer is diagnosed the more likely is treatment to be successful. In June 2015 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published an updated guideline for general practitioners so that the signs and symptoms of possible cancers could be recognised earlier and the right tests performed faster. It also produced information to help the general public recognise common signs and symptoms of possible cancer so that people would visit their doctor sooner. Health experts predict earlier diagnosis may save thousands of lives each year.

‘Making Sense of Screening’ released today

3 July 2015

The charity, Sense About Science, has released a new edition of their guide, Making Sense of Screening, today.  The aim of the guide is to provide the public with valuable information to improve their understanding of screening programmes and to address the sometimes unrealistic expectations of what screening can deliver.

Warning on misleading laboratory tests for allergy

15 June 2015

Lab Tests Online-UK Technical lead, Stuart Jones, has written about the dangers that misleading and inappropriate diagnostic tests pose to the general public and how inadequate regulation means they are more widely available than ever. Please click on the link above for the full article.

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