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Value of Clinical Labs: The Power of Knowing

America’s clinical laboratories serve as the foundation for public health preparedness and response and for everyday prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease for patients across the country. From routine blood tests to ground-breaking genetic tests that guide therapy selection, clinical laboratories play a vital role in answering some of life’s most important questions.

For millions of Americans and their health providers, laboratory tests are the start of any comprehensive care plan, empowering patients with the answers they need to guide health care decisions. Results from laboratory tests inform 70 percent of clinical decision-making, helping patients monitor, diagnose, and treat common, chronic, and rare conditions every day, yet account for less than three percent of total health care spending. Effective use of screening and diagnostic tests allows patients to receive the right care at the right time while often reducing overall health care costs.

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Biomarker Testing

Biomarker testing performed by clinical laboratories uses a patient sample (tissue, blood, or other body fluid) to check for abnormal changes in certain genes, proteins, or other molecules that could indicate the presence of a disease or condition. This type of personalized medicine allows providers to tailor treatments to patients based on their unique genetic makeup, molecular profiles, and disease characteristics.

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Autoimmune Awareness

During March’s Autoimmune Awareness Month, ACLA is highlighting the important role clinical laboratory testing plays in diagnosing and managing these common and rare conditions.

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Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS)

Clinical laboratories are committed to delivering innovative tests that help identify, diagnose, and treat disease, like rapid whole genome sequencing (rWGS). This genetic testing method can diagnose any one of thousands of genetic disorders in seven days or less. This makes it uniquely suited for diagnosing rare diseases, especially in infants.

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Antibiotic Awareness

ACLA is underscoring the vital role that clinical laboratories play in the identification and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance. This Antibiotic Awareness Week, learn how specialized clinical laboratory tests are utilized to guide disease management and treatment for patients.

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Diabetes

Blog: Clinical Laboratories Empower Patients to Take Charge of Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month, a chance to bring awareness to the fundamental role of clinical laboratories in diagnosing and managing this chronic, progressive health condition. Diabetes affects more than 37 million Americans, yet more than 20% people who have it are unaware… Read More

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Breast Cancer

Blog: Clinical Laboratories Key To Breast Cancer Diagnosis And Treatment

In the United States, a woman’s average risk of developing breast cancer at some time during her life is about 13%, meaning women face a one in eight chance of developing the disease. October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, highlights the burden of this disease to increase patient knowledge and to highlight the critical importance of regular screenings to improve survival rates… Read More

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National Recovery Month

Blog: Understanding the Role of Clinical Laboratories in Supporting Substance Abuse Recovery

Each September, National Recovery Month is an opportunity to highlight the vital role of clinical laboratories in the treatment and support of people in recovery from substance use disorders. Joan Kegerize, Vice President of Reimbursement and Scientific Affairs with the American Clinical Laboratory Association, offers insight on current issues affecting drug testing and clinical laboratories… Read More

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Blood Cancer

ACLA is highlighting the vital role that clinical laboratory testing plays in accurately diagnosing various types of blood cancer. This Blood Cancer Awareness Month, learn how clinical laboratories support these critical diagnoses.

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Cervical Cancer

Blog: Clinical Laboratories’ Role in Eradicating Cervical Cancer

Clinical laboratory services play a critical role in evaluating womens’ cervical health. The utilization of screening tools, made possible by the ever-advancing capabilities of clinical laboratories, helps diagnose about 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer annually and, just as importantly, helps identify risk factors for hundreds of thousands of women… Read More

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Heart Health

Blog: Clinical Laboratory Tests: Essential Tools for Detecting and Managing Heart Disease

This American Heart Month, we are reminded of the vital role that clinical laboratory testing services play in the prevention, detection, and management of heart disease. … Read More

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Colorectal Cancer

Blog: Clinical Laboratory Tests Offer Line of Defense Against Colorectal Cancer

America’s clinical laboratories play a critical role in the prevention and detection of colorectal cancer, as well as in the identification and monitoring of appropriate therapies. Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the United States affecting both men and women … Read More

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Kidney Health

Blog: Clinical Laboratories’ Role in Informing Kidney Health

During March’s National Kidney Month, ACLA is highlighting the essential role that clinical laboratories serve in the diagnosis and management of kidney health. In the United States, diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney failure, accounting for three out of four new cases … Read More

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Sexually Transmitted Infections

Blog: Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment are Key to Addressing Nationwide Spike in STIs

April is Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness Month, a time to encourage conversation and education around the importance of sexual health in promoting overall wellness. When undiagnosed and left untreated, STIs can lead to irreversible health outcomes … Read More

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Women’s Health

Blog: Clinical Laboratory Testing Crucial for Women Across Many Life Stages

May is Women’s Health Month – a perfect opportunity to focus on the value clinical laboratories bring to supporting women and their clinicians in evaluating and optimizing their overall health, including testing for diseases and conditions that either disproportionately or solely affect women … Read More

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Men’s Health

Blog: Routine Health Checkups – Including Recommended Laboratory Tests – Improve and Save Men’s Lives

June is Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to focus on the many ways that recommended clinical laboratory testing is essential in assessing, addressing and managing men’s health. In what has been called a “silent health crisis,’’ research shows that, compared to women, men are less likely to see the doctor, and are at greater risk of death from a variety of health issues … Read More

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