Category Archives: Medical Tests

Thoughts and opinion on the latest advances in medical testing and their impact on insurance policies in the US.

Fasting for Blood Tests

What You Need to Know About Fasting For Blood Tests

You wake up on the morning of your doctor’s appointment, eager to know your blood sugar level or your body’s cholesterol level.

After you get into your doctor’s office and you see your doctor.  But your doctor sends you back home with instructions not to eat or drink anything besides water as from 7-8 pm till the next morning when you will have your blood drawn for the lab.  One may wonder why get sent back home and what is this fasting for blood tests?

The next morning those growling … Read More

Medical Tests

6 Medical Screening Tests For Smokers

If you have been a smoker for more than six months, it might be time to go to the doctor and get a wellness check-up.  Smoking increases the risk of current and future health problems.

Most smokers believe that tobacco will never catch up to them, but they are wrong. If you are a current or former smoker, there are a few tests that you may request from your physician.… Read More

pregnant gestastional testing

What Is Gestational Testing?

Pregnancy is typically one of the most exciting times in a mother’s (or soon to be mother’s) life. It can also be one of the most stressful times of uncertainties about the health of the baby are a part of the experience.

There have been many advances in the field of women’s reproductive health and testing over the past fifty years. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that women had access to at-home pregnancy testing. Before then, women who thought they might be pregnant would have to go see their doctor … Read More

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Common Medical Tests for Adults

The field of medicine has a large number of tests for adults and children that are performed on the human body and they can be classified into two main groups.

The first is specialized tests which are used to identify specific illnesses or related category of illnesses and the second are general tests used to look for a wide range of illnesses. All these tests combined are designed for fulfill certain functions including screening, diagnosis, evaluation of responsiveness to treatment as well as trying to identify the progression of a … Read More

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Pediatric Medical Tests Available For Your Child

It is important that a doctor has a medical history of a child and performs a physical examination on a child, so that he or she can evaluate a child’s health. This is important as it helps the doctor understand what may be causing a child’s illness. Doctors may have to order some medical tests to enable them find out more. Most of these tests are covered by insurance and some preventative ones are covered 100% with no co-payment needed.

Below are some of the common tests done on children

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How accurate is Hair Drug Testing?

Do you know what hair drug testing is?

This simply means analyzing hair samples for the parent drugs and also knowing their metabolites. In this case, a hair specimen that has been collected from the body or the donor’s head is sent to a lab for screening. This makes it easy for you to know the illicit substances in the hair drug. Drug test is a very important procedure today and it is known to be among the most accurate methods used in testing drugs.  The accuracy of this method … Read More

Free Medical Tests under ACA

FREE Medical Tests Now Covered by the ACA

Over 70 percent of Americans die from preventable diseases each year. And 75 percent of US health spending is on preventable diseases.

Obviously, preventive care for Americans has been too low for many years.

Unfortunately, far too many Americans wait until the onset of disease to begin testing – when treatment is more difficult and much costlier.

With the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), however, all of that has changed for the better.

The ACA requires that all heath insurance policies now cover recommended preventive care … Read More

Saliva Hormone Testing

Saliva Hormone Testing – Is It For You?

The saliva, or mouth swab, test is a relatively common type of medical test used in the detection of many substances in your body, including:

  • steroid hormones such as cortisol
  • genetic material (DNA/ RNA)
  • proteins
  • metabolites

Saliva testing is also used to screen for or diagnose numerous conditions and disease states, including Cushing’s disease, HIV, cancer, parasites and allergies.

A single saliva test administered by a lab can tell you a lot about your hormonal state. However, many aren’t sure whether they should be using these tests.

So, which … Read More