Patient Stories

These brief summaries tell the story of how laboratory tests can help prevent, control, and manage damaging-and very costly-diseases…

 

  • Chronic kidney disease affects millions of Americans who are in danger of damaging complications and related conditions, including diabetes. But two inexpensive lab tests may be all it takes to detect the disease early in many patients and help control it. Read more….
  • Diabetes is a killer that can cause blindness, kidney failure, stroke, and premature death. But laboratory tests allow physicians and patients to control diabetes and its deadly effects. Read more…
  • Lab tests tell whether chest pains signal a heart attack-or something totally unrelated. This allows physicians to provide rapid treatment for heart attack victims and rapid reassurance for patients who had nothing to worry about. Read more…
  • HIV has been transformed from a disease that meant rapid progression and death to a chronic disease that can be managed for decades. Lab tests have been central to that change. Read more…
  • Lead poisoning destroys brains, especially those of children. It causes mental retardation, nerve damage, and reduced IQ. Lab tests are the tools that allow physicians to identify lead poisoning and stop it. Read more…
  • Personalized Medicine is a new frontier in which genetic tests make diagnosis and treatment as individualized as the disease itself. Using the guidance from genetic tests, physicians can prescribe the right drug, at the right time, at the right dose. Read more…